Govt approves four organizations to operate safe places for human trafficking survivors

By Dorica Mtenje:

Government has approved four organizations to operate designated safe places for survivors of human trafficking.

The four organizations, Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO), Gateway of Hope, Salvation Army and Love of Hope received certificates from Minister of Homeland Security Richard Chimwendo Banda.

The organizations were louded for their commendable work in ensuring safety of victims of Trafficking In Parsons

Speaking on the sidelines of the certificates award ceremony, Chimwendo said it is appropriate that the law enforcement agencies in the country and all enforcement officers are empowered with adequate knowledge which will enhance their competencies because trafficking itself is a crime.

He said comprehensive training of everyone involved In countering trafficking inclusive of labour Inspectors, the police, prosecutors and Judges will improve victims chances of putting their rights into practice.

In order to address the disparities in sentences by the courts on the human traffickers, Chimwendo said the ministry has developed sentencing guidelines which will be validated shortly.

Yoneco Executive Director Macbain Mkandawire applauded government for recognizing their efforts.

Malawi enacted the Trafficking in Persons Act (TIP) (2015) aimed at preventing and eliminating trafficking in persons.

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