Khupe raps political ‘human trafficking’

DEPUTY Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe has blasted political parties that use vulnerable youths to commit political crimes, saying this was another form of human trafficking.

REPORT BY KUPAKWASHE MAKONYE OWN CORRESPONDENT

Speaking at the launch of the national anti-trafficking publicity awareness campaign in Harare on Wednesday, Khupe said there was a new form of trafficking in Zimbabwe where youths were being bused from one area to another for political violence.

“In Zimbabwe we have seen a new model of trafficking, where young people, women and children were being moved from one area to another to commit heinous crimes on behalf of certain political parties,” Khupe said.

“We have seen the abuse of young people during elections as they are forced to participate in political violence. We must also expose this form of exploitation.”

Khupe said human trafficking was fuelled by the greedy, feeding on the poor and vulnerable.

“The International Organisation for Migration says while the global scale of human trafficking is difficult to quantify precisely, as many as 800 000 people may be trafficked across international borders annually, with many more trafficked
within borders of their own countries,” the DPM said.

The launch, Khupe said, was in line with efforts by the Home Affairs ministry and Parliament to push for the enactment and domestication of Anti-trafficking legislation in the country.

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