EEYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: A two-day working session convened to amplify the fight against trafficking in persons have opened at Coral beach hotel and Spa in Brufut today.
The gathering is convened by the Department of Strategic Policy and Delivery at the office of the president in partnership with the National Agency against Trafficking in Person (NAATIP) and the International Organization on Migration (IOM).
Human trafficking in The Gambia cover activities in trafficking women and children. Within the Gambia, women and girls and, to a lesser extent, boys are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation, as well as for domestic servitude.
Presiding over the opening of the synergy, Gambia’s vice president Dr Isatou Touray said the government has zero tolerance for human trafficking, saying it will continue to be stringent about it in collaboration with responsible bodies to ensure that it is eradicated in the country.
Vice president Touray said the government is putting together every possibility to help institutions to fight the inhumane act. “This is not only the fight of the government but also NGOs and other institutions,” she said.
The Gambia 2019 trafficking in persons index reports that the country is a source and destination for women and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking.
It said women, girls, and, to a lesser extent, boys are exploited for prostitution and domestic servitude.
Vice president Touray assured Gambians that the government will ensure that dialogue and platforms are facilitated to speak on the issue of human trafficking.
She urge activists to be engaged in the issue so that everyone will be involved to put an end to trafficking in persons just like it was did to Female Genital Mutilation.
Representing the Justice Minister, Solicitor General and legal secretary, Cherno Marenah, said Gambia needs an environment of awareness because many of the people are not aware that trafficking in person is unlawful.
Solicitor General Marenah said they have had series of consultations with stakeholders to raise the awareness of people about trafficking in persons.
“This kind of gatherings will help people who don’t know to know and people who know can clarify their doubts,” he said.
Story written by Binta Badjie