The Malawi Network Against Trafficking—M-NAT— has applauded Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Heads of State for adopting and signing a protocol against trafficking in persons.
During the 42nd SADC Summit in DRC, the Heads of State and Government signed the protocol which seeks to provide a framework for cooperation between member states in combating trafficking in persons and associated transnational organised and cross-border crimes in the region.
In an interview with Timveni, M-NAT Chairperson Rodrick Mulonya said the move will help in curbing the vice which is still rampant in the southern part of Africa.
According to Mulonya, most people including the youth are still subjected to trafficking in their pursuit of job opportunities in a bid to address their financial challenges.
Mulonya said the protocol has come at the right time when there are fears that a lot of people may be trafficked to work in the Middle East due to the 2022 Qatar World Cup which is scheduled to start in November.
M-NAT has since said it is committed to ensure that the protocol is being followed at the local level.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Labour has released a statement, warning recruitment agencies and individuals engaged in labour export, against recruiting people without following proper procedures as the tendency is exposing job seekers to human traffickers, labour exploitation and abuse.