Motswana Human Trafiicking Victim Speaks Out

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Thapelo (not her real name) is a single mom with a steady job in Gaborone at a parastatal, but who yearned for something more adventurous and a place to relocate her three kids.

When Matilda, a long-term acquaintance told Thapelo that a good job could be had in Canada, Thapelo jumped at the opportunity. Thapelo would have to come up with funds to get there, along with other expenses.

Thapelo transferred her property title deed to Matilda, who promised to sell it as a way of supporting Thapelo en route and making other arrangements. Thapelo’s three children, with all their documents, were also placed in Matilda’s care, to await the time when Thapelo could have them join her.

Editor's Comment
Are police trigger-happy?

Unfortunately, that day turned sour for those who were shopping at Sefalana Cash and Carry in Gaborone West Industrial.The exchange of fire that ensued between members of the Botswana Police Service (BPS) and robbers who had allegedly robbed a G4S cash-in-transit vehicle left two civilians dead, three robbers struck down, and an undisclosed number of citizens wounded.One deceased civilian is reportedly an employee of the Citizen Entrepreneurial...

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