TWO ZAMBIAN WOMEN SURVIVE HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN SOUTH AFRICA
…..As Zambian women are advised to be cautious of suspicious job offers
Thursday……November 28 2019 (Smart Eagles)
The Zambian Mission in South Africa has recorded two cases of suspected human trafficking involving Zambian women as victims.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Major General Jackson Miti has disclosed that two women reported to the Mission in Pretoria of having been trafficked to that country after being offered jobs as hair dressers.
Major General Miti said the two women have since been repatriated to Zambia after the intervention of the Mission.
He said indications were that there was a syndicate of some Zambians working in collaboration with identified nationals to traffic women on the pretext that they would be employed as hair dressers.
Major General Miti said once the victims were transported, they would initially work in hair saloons for a few weeks before being forced into sex work.
“There is a possibility that the numbers of people duped could be higher as most of the victims had their travel documents confiscated and blackmailed, hence making it difficult to get in touch with authorities” ambassador Miti has observed.
Major General Miti has since appealed to Zambian women being recruited as hair dressers to be cautious of the offers.
He said people should first get adequate information through the Mission in Pretoria before travelling.
Major General Miti said the Mission was working closely with South African authorities to ensure that cases of Zambian women being duped into sex trade were curtailed.
This is according to a statement issued by First Secretary Press and Public Relations at the Zambia High Commission in Pretoria South Africa Naomi Nyawali.