Activist Godknows says human trafficking denting Malawi’s image: Calls for international support

One of the country’s human rights activists who has   dedicated his life to rescuing children from the streets, Godknows Maseko has called for international support and huge investment in the fight against human trafficking.

Godknows: After successfully escaping from the life of a street kid, has dedicated his life to rescuing children from the streets.
Godknows: After successfully escaping from the life of a street kid, has dedicated his life to rescuing children from the streets.

Maseko, founder and director of Step-Kids Awareness (STEKA) pointed out that human trafficking is currently affecting the country’s social and economic development, and needs to be fought at all fronts.

Malawi is primarily a source country for men, women, and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically conditions of forced labor and forced prostitution within the country and abroad.

And in an interview with Nyasa Times ,  Godknows who was over the weekend featured in Tikhale Tcheru TV programme broadcasted on MBC-TV noted that Malawi is not performing impressively in the fight against human trafficking due to lack of capacity and funding.

“Issues of human trafficking are tricky in the sense that those involved have money; we therefore need to do a lot of home work on the issue because our laws are doing little to end the problem,” said Godknows, who was homeless during his own childhood.

He pointed out that the failure to end human trafficking is denting the country’s image as more men, women, and children are being trafficked every year.

“As a country we need to invest a lot. We also need support from international organizations. We need to build the capacity of our law-enforcers, improve the victim support system and train more psychotherapists to assist victims,” added Maseko who once was a victim of human trafficking.

Most Malawian trafficking victims are exploited internally, though Malawian victims of sex and labor trafficking have also been identified in South AfricaZambiaMozambiqueTanzania, and parts of Europe.

To a lesser extent, Malawi is a transit point for foreign victims and a destination country for men, women, and children from Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe subjected to conditions of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation.

Speaking during the Tikhale Tcheru TV programme South Region police deputy Public Relations Officer, Beatrice Mikuwa called for community support if the country is to win the human trafficking battle.

“We have been receiving a lot of reports on human trafficking. We hold sensitization meetings through community policing, and we urge communities to report on such issues and warned from being fooled by tricksters.”

Human Trafficking is punishable by law under Section 269 of the Penal Code.

Tikhale Tcheru is a Malawi Police TV programme beamed on MBC-TV every Saturday noon and is repeated every Mondays. The programme is recorded and produced by Blantyre based media agency Elephant Media Productions. The programme’s current episodes are being sponsored by Malawi Gaming Board.

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5 years ago

The issue is that the international and local donors should support the Police to do the community Policing through Roadshows, civic education, TV programmes as this one and Posters rather than when we have human trafficking cases on media then acting as if we are ignorant. I support the idea of God knows Maseko that we need to do something hence the need for donors to support such initiatives rather than distributing Zishango that end to kill people. Hehee

5 years ago

Request to TILITONSE FUND, UKAID, USAID, UNICEF and UN Agencies in Malawi, pump in more money on the Police TV programme, see and follow it, it helps not handful people but huge audience. I love the programme as it has taught me how to handle my security issues. It is a good programme that need sponsorship.

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