Human trafficking has been a reality for many years in countries around the world, even our own, Namibia. This has recently been referred to as trafficking in persons (TIP) and it is illegal around the world.
Our families, our loved ones, all of us, are persons vulnerable to this sophisticated network and we have to know how to protect ourselves, our children and loved ones from harm.
These networks use methods that we can easily miss. Some of the simplest ways to identify types of behaviour commonly associated with human trafficking are usually, the easiest to ignore. Here are some common signs that some form of rights abuse is taking place and people are exposed to a form of modern day slavery.
When in doubt or have witnessed any of this type of behaviour, contact the Namibian Police or Gender Based Violence Lifeline and voice your voice immediately. It may save a life.
Covert communication methods are used regularly to confuse or even undermine victims. So how will one know when and if human trafficking is happening around you, or to you?
A person might be a Victim of Trafficking (VoT) when the following indicators, or only a few of them, are present:
According to ILO report from 2014 human trafficking generates approximately US$ 150 billion a year