Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 November 2008

Zimbabwe / Toll-Free Counter-Trafficking Hotline To Open



Zimbabwe / Toll-Free Counter-Trafficking Hotline To Open


HARARE, Zimbabwe, November 28, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM Briefing note

IOM, in partnership with Oasis Zimbabwe, a faith-based organization in Zimbabwe, is launching a national toll-free counter-trafficking hotline next week where victims of human trafficking and their families can get assistance, instances of human trafficking be reported and where information on the issue will be available. This includes verification of different job and study opportunities.

The 0800-32 22222 number, supported by the Norwegian government and effective from 2 December, will have operators from 07:00 until 19:00 with a 24-hour answering service.

The hotline is part of IOM’s efforts to counter human trafficking in the Southern African region through victim assistance, research and data collection, awareness raising and strengthening the institutional capacity of key stakeholders such as government and civil society. The Organization has been working in to fight human trafficking in Zimbabwe since 2005.

Oasis Zimbabwe reaches out primarily to children and youth and is part of a global movement called “STOP THE TRAFFIK”. The campaign has more than 1,000 member organizations in 50 countries around the world working in areas of education, advocacy and fundraising.

In addition to Oasis Zimbabwe, IOM is partnering with local authorities and civil society organizations as part of a referral system to assist victims of trafficking and conduct investigative follow-up.

In Zimbabwe, men, women and children are recruited by either people they know or strangers before being taken to an unfamiliar place either within the country or across the border where they are then exploited. IOM has assisted Zimbabwean victims of trafficking that were taken to South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Egypt, UK, USA, and China where they suffered sexual exploitation, forced labour and/or forced marriage.

SOURCE : International Office of Migration (IOM)


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