IT’S AN EMERGING CRIME: Human trafficking is among the dangerous crimes that is happening globally. Mr. Kabera Telesphore, the deputy chairperson of Hope Iwacu Initiative mentioned this during the one day meeting with community members of Ruhanga cell, Rusororo sector in Gasabo district. He emphasized the need to bring all stakeholders on board in order to come up with positive ideas and strategies to eradicate such a global crime that has an ever lasting effects to the community development.
During the meeting, Mr. Kabera also informed the community members how human trafficking is arguably one of the most profitable trans-boundary crimes today. He pointed out that According to Farr (2005), the sale of human beings is believed to be a $7 to $12 billion industry and ranks third, after the sale of drugs and arms, as the most lucrative international and illegal enterprise.
He revealed that according to the reliable sources, majority of the victims are rescued from Mozambique, Uganda, South Africa, Oman, China, Dubai, Malaysia and other Asian countries.
Testimony from the survivor of the human trafficking
Ms Sonia (not her real name) lost hope of being of surviving after spending almost three weeks in the Jungles which boarders with Mozambique and Tanzania en route to South Africa. She shared the terrible life she went through and how she got supported by the Government of Rwanda through the National Police of Rwanda to bring her back to her home Country.
As supported by Hope Iwacu Initiative, a local non-profit making organization that is committed to empowering the youth and women to eradicate human trafficking in Rwanda, Ms. Sonia is committed to continue sharing her difficult moments that she went through in order for the communities to understand how such an emerging crime is being operationalized on Rwandan soil.
In his remarks the chief guest the Vice mayor in charge of Economic affairs Mr. Mberabahizi Raymond while officiating the awareness campaign on human trafficking, appreciated the testimony and dialogue that was introduced by Hope Iwacu Initiative. He requested parents to take a role in parenting their children to be contented with what they have and continue working hard to sustain the primary needs of their families.
He went on to say that much emphasis should be put on finding strategies and solutions to the home based conflicts. That these are the root causes of such vulnerabilities that lead to getting trapped by Human traffickers. Further more, he made it clear that Gasabo District, is more committed to work closely with all like-minded partners who are more focused on improving the socio-economic transformation of the community members.
With the assistance from the Sector Executive Officer, Mr. Nduwayezu Alfred and his team at the decentralized level, all issues that were raised by the Community members were answered accordingly.