Trafficking of humans has become a global issue facing the vulnerable groups in society thus, women and girls suffer this social menace even the more. The United Nations says thousands of women and girls from most African countries are trafficked every year.
In a current troubled world, tackling human trafficking should be a priority because it affects the physical and mental wellbeing of families and the society at large. If the well and able bodies of an economy is being whisked away into other parts of the world, what becomes of the nations from which they are trafficked from? Most of their youth will be gone and that will affect the nation’s productivity.
Last year, an undercover BBC News Arabic investigation in Kuwait found that domestic workers were being illegally bought and sold online in a booming black market. This worrying trend is something that must be checked by governments and authorities in the social welfare and child protection department.
These people, mostly women, are sent as sex workers and are underpaid and abused. For most of the survivors who have shared their stories, they face the major challenge of fitting back into society or tracing their families to which they can belong.
When this happens, most of them are not able to get out of the trauma and stigmatization that they face from society. Children who are also trafficked are unable to go back to school and become potentially useful to their societies.
What most security agencies and embassies can do to help is to keep an eye on goods and people travelling in and out countries. They must conduct a thorough search and interrogations to find out culprits who must be made to face the law. There should also be public education for women and girls on the dangers of unsafe travels.
The sudden crave for travelling abroad for greener pastures must be backed by counseling and education, especially for semi literate women and girls. People must be immediately rescued and evacuated to their countries when they report such cases to the authorities.
For instance, a BBC report indicates that last month, a Nigerian woman working as a maid in Lebanon was rescued after being put up for sale on Facebook, a gesture which is highly commendable.