Government Launches Anti-Trafficking In Persons Regulations 2015

Dar es Salaam: Tanzania government has launched an anti-trafficking in persons regulations 2015 along with a National Action Plan to fight against human trafficking.

According to Vice-President Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal, more than 700,000 people in their country become victim of human trafficking annually. They are taken away to other countries or continents and are forced to work in farms, mines or domestic help.

Dr Bilal was talking to press in Dar es Salaam after the launching of anti-trafficking program.

Earlier, several reports of the European Union too had mentioned the same saying human trafficking has become common in Tanzania where people are transported away from their villages to work in urban areas.

Dr Bilala added further that their countrymen are also trafficked outside the country.

United Nations Office mention human trafficking is a serious crime and it is a grave violation of human rights too. Across the globe, almost every country, are affected by human trafficking in one of the three ways – country of origin, transit or destination for victims.

Citing statistics, Dr Bilal, said the country is mostly used for a transit. History is evident that people of Tanzania and for this reason everyone here should hate trafficking.

Mr Mathias Chikawe, Minister of Home Affairs, said human trafficking is a serious transnational crime and mostly the women and children are the victims who are deprived of their basic human rights.

Ms Mira Nikolic, International Organization Migration Operations Officer, said only laws and policies cannot bring change, but implementation of those is required to stop human trafficking.

She also added further that government need to establish fund for victims and also the prosecution of human trafficking cases should be put on fast track.

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