Governments working together can stop human trafficking: Johnson

Governments working together can stop human trafficking as it is affecting every country in the world, United States (US) Ambassador to Namibia Lisa Johnson said.

Johnson, in a media statement availed to Nampa on Monday, said that human trafficking is an international crime and an abuse of the absolute worst kind, as it is a violation of a person’s most basic human rights.

Johnson made these remarks in light of the World Human Trafficking Awareness Day, which is commemorated 11 January annually.

“Human trafficking affects every country in the world, including both Namibia and the United States. When governments work together to fight human trafficking, we can stop it.The Namibian government has put in place and is implementing the Combating of Trafficking in Persons Law. The Namibian government also has established procedures for identifying and caring for human trafficking victims and has launched a nationwide public awareness campaign that empowers every person to help end the very real threat of human trafficking. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Namibia rightly continues to prioritize the fight against trafficking in persons so that the most vulnerable among us are not forgotten,” Johnson said.

When democracies such as Namibia and the United States work together to protect people’s rights and to hold criminals accountable, it helps end the horrible crime of human trafficking, she added.

In an interview with Nampa on Monday, Clinical Psychologist, Shaun Whittaker said human trafficking can have long-lasting effects on victims, them ajority of whom are young girls.

“Human trafficking is a modern way of slavery and can destroy lives of young women and men as men are also part of human trafficking and are used as drug dealers all over the world. Persons being trafficked are usually traumatized and do not live a normal life no matter what part of the world they end up in. Young girls are used as sex slaves and young men for drug dealers,’ he said, adding that there is a need for human trafficking victims to be rehabilitated once they are freed so that they can be incorporated back into society.

Source: Namibia Press Agency