Botswana a transit for human trafficking

The truck was intercepted during an operation code-named Osalama
The truck was intercepted during an operation code-named Osalama

As the world continues to grapple with increased incidences of human trafficking, Botswana has emerged as a key transit route for smugglers while South Africa is the destination. Last week, the Botswana police intercepted 40 Ethiopians crammed at the back of a truck destined for South Africa, highlighting a growing problem the nation has to tackle, reports Staff Writer, PINI BOTHOKO

The crime of trafficking in persons is a public security concern around the world and Botswana has not been spared, either as a source or transit route. Even though Botswana is believed to be making significant strides in guarding against a surge in human trafficking, traffickers have marked the country as a new transit route as police statistics indicate.

Existing and emerging wars and conflicts have led to a dramatic development of trafficking in the region. Those living in conflict-affected areas may experience abuse, violence and exploitation, including trafficking in persons and using Botswana as a transit with their destination usually being South Africa.

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