In a bid to prevent Rwandan from falling victims of human trafficking, Rwanda National Police (RNP) has strengthened its awareness campaigns with particular focus on the youth who are usually targeted by traffickers.
Latest of those outreach programmes was extended to over 300 members of Youth Dialogue for Peace and Development (YDPD) at Solace Ministry in Kacyiru Sector, Gasabo District, on December 24.
While speaking to the youth, Chief Supt. Rose Muhisoni, the Deputy Commissioner for Community Policing in Charge of partnership, enlightened them on the harsh realities of the modern-day slavery.
She noted that some victims fall prey because of lack of knowledge on how human trafficking is conducted.
The sensitization campaign started with a walk from Kacyiru Taxi-Park to Solace Ministry center where CSP Muhisoni urged them to amplify their partnership with the police in crime prevention and human trafficking in particular.
“Anyone person, who plays part in a crime of human trafficking, either by finding victims, processing a visa, picking them at the airport, employing them or reselling them, commits a serious crime that is punishable by laws,” she told the youth.
It is said that some traffickers pretend to be looking for either maids or people to work in their companies, hotels or other businesses and in some cases they consult other people, who help them without knowing.
“We want all people to be mindful of what they do, hear or requested to do. If, for example, you agree to help another obtain a visa, get an employee as they claim, you should be beyond doubt that what you are doing is lawful,” said CSP Muhisoni
Normally, local traffickers seal deals with regional and foreign clients, promising their prey better opportunities.
Youngsters, especially girls are the most vulnerable and targeted with most of them subjected to forced hard labour sometimes with no pay while others are sexually abused.
“This is why, everybody need to widen their understanding of how human trafficking is conducted and the consequences involved as means to prevent anyone from falling prey and this is why we conduct frequent awareness campaigns,” the deputy commissioner said.
She noted that some people fall victims because they are neither unaware that they are being trafficked nor know the exploitative work and harassment that awaits them either on the way or on their final destination.
“Normally, traffickers pose as well-wishers who have a lot to offer; at times they take advantage of one’s vulnerability and play around one’s desires to make them believe that they have a lot to offer them,” CSP Muhisoni said.
Human trafficking, she said, can manifest in different forms depending on the tricks the traffickers apply including deceit, the most applied method.
The rescue of those that fell victims of the vixe, according to police, has been possible due to the current cross border cooperation between Rwanda National Police and other regional and international law enforcement institutions and agencies.
She urged them to always report anyone that approaches them promising them jobs abroad as means to prevent being victims of human trafficking.