As Members of Parliament (MPs) are expected to conclude business this Friday, the Malawi Network Against Child Trafficking (MNACT) has requested law makers to pass the Trafficking in Persons Bill.
The Bill seeks to prevent, fight and eliminate issues pertaining to trafficking in persons and also increase participation of communities in understanding the issues, and further strengthen other institutions in the fight against the vice.
According to the Network, 15 years have passed since the international community ratified the UN Palermo Trafficking in Persons Protocol.
Malawi ratified this protocol in 2005, affirming its duty to prevent, protect and prosecute those involved in human trafficking.
Ten years after the protocol was ratified, Malawi still has no comprehensive law to fight and eliminate trafficking in persons, according to the Network.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the Networks say numerous report and cases indicate that human trafficking is a gross human rights violation.
The statement further says that in Malawi alone, at least 500 people are trafficked annually.
“Recently, major trafficking cases show more young boys and men being trafficked, murdered and mutilated. Women and children are equally victimized in the most unimaginable ways.
“The Network, therefore, makes a call to action for all legislators to heed cries of Malawians and consider these factors in passing this important bill which will promote access to justice,” reads the statement in part.
The Network also feels that the enactment of the bill will also send a strong message to all traffickers that Malawi will not tolerate continued victimization of its citizens.
“The abuse of women and girls is the most pervasive and unaddressed human rights violation of this decade.
“The alarming figures of abuses and violations affecting and afflicting women, men, boys and girls, ranging from genital mutilation, sex trafficking, early marriages also falls within crimes against humanity,” says the Network. Malawi needs to act on these atrocities now. We all need to pay attention to the gross human rights violations hitting our country.
“This legislation will put an end to trafficking in persons,” says the Network.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :