Luck of government commitment to introduce a law on Human trafficking is said to have fueled the increase cases of child trafficking in
Activist are now pointing Fingers of blame at
government authorities for failing to protect Malawian Children. Malawi
The blame largely stems from the reluctance of government authorities to take the anti-human trafficking bill into parliament despite its approval by the cabinet some years ago.
This was reveled during the Radio Islam’s hottest panel discussion program Contemporary Issuessaid the absence of the law on human trafficking prevents courts from punishing the culprits.
Executive Director of a child rights organization, Eye of the Child, Maxwell Matewere who was one of the panelist cited several examples in which human traffickers were given lenient and irrelevant court sentences despite pleading guilty to the human tracking.
“There was case in 2007 in which one street kid who was ‘trafficked’ from
had his private parts severed by child traffickers here in Mozambique . But the culprits were instead charged with grievous harm because the laws of Malawi do not recognize child trafficking.” Malawi
Matewere said it is very unfortunate that until now
do not have a law on human trafficking which is ranked the fourth most organized and lucrative illegal businesses in the world. Malawi
He described the practice as a ‘modern-age-slave trade’ as most of the victims end up in suffering various abuses wherever they are taken to just as was the case with the abolished slave trade.
Matewere said his organization is doing what it takes to ensure the parliament passes the law by the end of this year. He said among other initiatives is to work with organizations that are pushing for the enactment of the law on human trafficking.
Hastings Jumbe and a
correspondent for Malawi SABC’s Channel Africa and Christopher Sande, a journalist with Radio Maria are among journalists who are in the media taskforce which is lobbying for the passing of the law.
They said they are working to tour various rural areas to sensitize people on the vice which statistics show that between 1000 and 1, 500 people in
especially children have been trafficked per year since 1998. Malawi
One of the country’s practicing lawyers Yusufu Nthenda conceded that it has been difficult or rather impossible for the courts to convict human traffickers because there is no law in
’s penal code that punishes the culprits. Malawi
However contributors to the weekly program which is hosted by Amadu Rashid Mapila, said as Malawians wait for parliament to pass the law, they should also be on guard against the practice in their respective communities.