Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking. From 05th – 07th February at PIASS

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Human trafficking is defined by the United Nations as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, hiding, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation.

From our African past history, human trafficking has been causing lots of suffering since the beginning of our common era. Today, about twenty seven million people are thought to be held as captives of human trafficking all over the world, (UNGIFT, 2008). Those held under captivity are represented in different forms of trafficking as in labor, sexual trafficking, illicit child adoption, Child military service, organ removal, child harvesting, domestic servitude and forced marriage, (UNODC,2009).

The key findings show that Rwanda is also a transit country of human trafficking. The majority of intercepted victims are female (77.67%) and the most commons forms of human trafficking in Rwanda is identified to be labor (for example 8.300 children have been rescued from child labor since 2016 ) and sex trafficking.  Research revealed that Saudi Arabia is the most frequent destination (38.55%), followed closely by Uganda (37.35%) and Kenya (7.23%). Globally, Women and girls are mostly exploited in most of the unskilled labor.  The Rwanda Investigation Bureau said that in 2017, prosecution filed 47 cases of human trafficking and in 2018; prosecution recorded 49 crimes of human trafficking. In the last two years, the Rwanda Investigation Bureau prevented 85 girls from being trafficked.

The Protestant University of Rwanda organize a seminar on“Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking” from 05th – 07th February at PIASS/Huye. Church leaders from protestant churches will be invited for raising their awareness on the human trafficking which is linked with the will of migration in other countries for searching a better life. Preventing and fighting against human trafficking is a duty not only for the government of Rwanda but also for churches.

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