Thursday, April 10, 2008

Human Trafficking on the Rise in Mozambique

From United Press International:

MAPUTO, Mozambique, April 3 (UPI) -- Experts said the media coverage of the trafficking of humans to South Africa from Mozambique is only "the tip of the iceberg."

Fifty-two potential cases of trafficking children and girls have been reported this year, Save the Children-United Kingdom in Mozambique said.

Chris McIvor, country director for Save the Children-United Kingdom in Mozambique said increasing numbers of women and children are lured into trafficking by their hopes of a brighter future.

"Higher levels of unemployment, young people looking for better lives, demands in some countries for illegal, cheap labor create the conditions that are ripe for trafficking," McIvor said.

Because Mozambican laws have no terms for human trafficking punishment, no one charged with such activity has been put on trial for it, despite it being globally illegal, U.N. Integrated Regional Information Networks reported.

The Mozambican Council of Ministers passed a law against human trafficking and presented the Children's Act in 2007, but both actions are waiting to be passed by parliament.

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