By Nkanyiso Ncube
Failure by the government to create employment opportunities for young people has been a major contributory factor of human trafficking, legislators have said.
Contributing a motion during the question and answer session yesterday in Parliament, Shamva South MP, Joseph Mapiki (Zanu PF) asked if there was any policy that protects people from being exploited in foreign lands.
In his response Minister of Home Affairs Ignatius Chombo said necessary measures had been put in place urging legislators to conscientise their constituents to double check before taking up the risk.
“Zimbabwe is very much concerned about human trafficking and has taken all necessary measures to alert and prevent human trafficking. If there is anyone who is advertising falsely for jobs overseas and so on, please let us know. The police will arrest and get that person imprisoned.”
“Secondly, as Members of Parliament, we are also appealing to you to conscientise your constituents to be very careful when something sounds too rosy. We really urge people to be double sure before they accept jobs oversees or out of the country” he said.
Chitungwiza North MP, Godfrey Sithole (MDC-T), concurred with Mapiki questioning the progress which government has made towards delivering the 2million jobs that the government promised through ZimASSET.
“Now that we have most of our youngsters going out of the country to seek for greener pastures, does it mean that Government is going to help these youngsters by promising the jobs because they were told that there were going to be some jobs which were to be created for the benefit of our youngsters?” he asked.
Responding Chombo said “The issue of 2.2 million jobs is on course. Minister Chidhakwa and his mining sector has created many jobs. The agriculture sector has created many jobs, Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology Development has created many jobs, but there are only a few other companies that are not creating many jobs because of sanctions which you ordered for.”
Human tracking has been rampant in world with the perpetrators targeting poor nations by advertising bogus job opportunities via online.
In 2015, more than 200 women got trapped in Kuwait under the disguise of better job opportunity. Upon arrival in Kuwait their passports and cell phones were seized and the women were used as sex slaves and for domestic servitude.
Approximately 60 women have returned through the help of Zimbabwean embassy, NGOs, and individuals. Human trafficking is a serious violation of human rights and subversion of societal values.