Botswana Association of Women Judges Praised for its Role in Fighting Human Trafficking

According to allAfrica, Botswana’s Minister of Defense, Justice, and Security Shaw Kgathi, spoke about the fight against human trafficking in his country during the 3rd Judicial Colloquium on Human Trafficking in Kasane in July. This forum was aimed at judges, in order to train them on how to address human trafficking.

According to the 2017 International Labour Organization (ILO) report, an estimated 24.9 million people are victims of human trafficking and out of the staggering number of trafficked victims, 71 per cent are women and girls, while 29 per cent are men and boys. … 16 million, representing 64 per cent of victims were exploited for forced labour in mining, domestic work, agriculture, hospitality, construction among others. … 4.8 million accounting for 15 per cent of the total estimated persons trafficked globally were traded for sexual exploitation. … Even most disheartening is the fact that the number of trafficked children under the age of 18 stood at 5.5 million.

Minister Shaw Kgathi

He continued by highlighting that the response to this crime must be “meticulously coordinated and commensurate to its severity.” In Botswana, the Anti-Human Trafficking law was recently amended to include more severe penalties.

Minister Kgathi believes it is crucial for governments to address trafficking, not only through laws, but also by building the capacity of all stakeholders, including judicial officers. He also underscored the need for interconnected and multi-sectoral approaches in order to better address this issue.

“Fostering strategic partnership, with other countries, international and regional organisations and indeed the public, he added, was key to the success of any anti-human trafficking initiative and in line with their commitment through the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.”

The Minister praised the Association of Women Judges of Botswana for its role in judicial training on this issue.

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