Ignoring a crime can be like participating in it. Teaching ourselves to identify victims is the most important lesson we can acquire to prevent the continuation of human trafficking. How do we identify this practice? Especially in rural areas?

Our most important tools are our eyes and voices. Our voices can save lives. Our actions can change people’s future for the good and our knowledge can put an end to this cruel practice of modern day slavery. Reporting crime to a trusted person, such as your local police can create action and bring human trafficking to a priority level that it needs. All around us, criminal behaviour is being ignored and perpetrators are getting away with it. When reporting, you are allowed and protected by law to remain anonymous. Ask a trusted senior person to assist you, if you are afraid to speak. Not knowing who to trust can be difficult, so always confide in a trusted adult, such as a community worker and the Namibian police to report suspicious behaviour, disturbing rumours, unexplained disappearances and inhuman practices in your community.

The Namibian government has prioritized the trafficking of persons as an emergent and growing crime amongst our most vulnerable citizens.

Call the Namibian Police number: 10111 in order to report suspicious behaviour, for the Police to take the necessary course of action.

Lifeline Namibia has also provided the toll free number 106 to call or SMS for counseling and guidance with regard to reporting suspected cases of human trafficking.

Women

(age 12 – 25) – young brides / forced marriages / sexual exploitation / forced prostitution / involuntary unpaid domestic work / forced labour / organ harvesting

Men

(age 12 – 40) – forced labour, unpaid manual labour work, child soldiers, forced and unpaid army participation in foreign countries / prostitution / sexual slavery / child or suicide bomber recruitment / organ harvesting

Children

According to the 2015 US State Department Trafficking in Persons Report, Namibia is a country of origin and destination for children and to a lesser extent, women, trafficked for forced labour and sexual exploitation. Within the country, traffickers exploit Namibian children in agricultural forced labour, cattle herding, and domestic service, as well as prostitution in Windhoek and Walvis Bay.

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