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Local NGO dissatisfied with govt efforts to curb trafficking in persons

One of the local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) is expressing dissatisfaction with government’s efforts to curb trafficking in persons in the country.

This is due to failure by the judicially to fully implement some elements in the human trafficking law that was passed by parliament in 2015.

According to the executive director for People Serving Girls at Risk (PSGR) Caleb Ng’ombo, the new law provides for life sentence for convicts who leave their victims with lifelong injuries or diseases.

However, Ng’ombo wonders how none of the convicts has been given such a punishment since the judiciary has been sentencing perpetrators since the enactment of the law.

“The trafficking in persons act looks at aggravated forms of trafficking and when the investigations establish that there is lifelong consequences the law provides for life sentence something which has never happened,” said Ng’ombo.

Meanwhile, Ng’ombo believes lack of civic education is also contributing to increase in Human trafficking cases and lack of knowledge by different stakeholders on how victims should be taken care of.

The government of Malawi increased law enforcement efforts following the passing of the Trafficking In Persons law which also criminalises sex and labour trafficking and prescribed punishments of up to 14 years imprisonment for offences involving an adult victim, and up to 21 years imprisonment for offences involving minors.

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