Posted by: APO | 3 June 2008

Zambia / Radio Series Tackles Human Trafficking and Migration


Zambia / Radio Series Tackles Human Trafficking and Migration

LUSAKA, Zambia, June 3, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Radio Series Tackles Human Trafficking and Migration – IOM’s Southern African Counter-Trafficking Assistance Programme (SACTAP), is releasing an exciting new serial thriller, Dealers, this week to radio stations throughout Zambia. Produced by Johannesburg-based CMFD (Community Media for Development) Productions, the radio drama weaves trafficking and migration issues into an action-packed storyline, creating a series that is as entertaining as it is informative.

Dealers, a 13-part drama which features haunting music performed by Zambian singing sensation Lilian Tembo, and a cast that includes a multitude of stars, tells the story of a family of women traders who inadvertently get caught up in a mafia scandal and an underground human trafficking ring.

“An action-packed drama with a bit of humour will make people listen,” says Deborah Walter of CMFD. “Informing people that it could happen to them can help prevent human trafficking and the devastating consequences for individuals and their families.”

“We hope that this dynamic series, produced as part of IOM’s regional counter-trafficking work, will help prevent vulnerable people from falling victim to traffickers and to encourage those who are victims to seek assistance. In Zambia, they can do that by calling a toll free help line number – 990 – 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says Elizabeth Barnhart, IOM’s Migration Health and Counter Trafficking Manager in Lusaka.

Zambia is both a source and transit country for human traffickers, with victims ending up in countries such as South Africa, Malawi, and in Europe. Lured by false promises of jobs or education, victims are sold into slave-like conditions. Women and children are the most vulnerable, often being forced in prostitution.  

The airing of Dealers dovetails with the Zambian government’s launch of an Anti-trafficking National Campaign to ‘Break the Chain’ of Human Trafficking on 5th June. The launch will be officiated by Zambia’s Minister of Home Affairs, Lieutenant General Ronnie Shikapwasha and will serve as a platform for promoting the drama.

IOM also has a toll free help line in South Africa, 0800-555-999, for people to call for information or help.

Mozambique will be the next country to get Dealers. The drama has been adapted and recorded in Portuguese and will begin airing in Mozambique in the coming months with the title “Troco”.

SOURCE : International Office of Migration (IOM)



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