By Malawi News Agency
Malawi Network Against Trafficking in Persons (MNAT) is committed to fight against trafficking in persons in the country.
Chairperson of MNAT on Advocacy committee, Mandinda Zungu said this Thursday in Lilongwe during the opening of a day long advocacy training for media on Trafficking in Persons at Golden Peacock Hotel.
She said MNAT is looking for strong partnership with the media in areas of advocacy, victim identification, reporting and dissemination of information and best practices in trafficking in person’s management and interventions.
Zungu pointed out addressing issues of trafficking in persons requires urgent attention from all stakeholders as the vice has an endemic social problems.
She urged the media to be proactive in disseminating information regarding trafficking in the country in order to raise more awareness among communities.
The Chairperson noted that Trafficking in Persons Act (2015) and National Plan of Action against trafficking in Persons (2017-2022) which are in place and need to be used in order to curb the malpractice.
“Since the enactment of the law, government only allocated K 50 million in the 2017/2018 National Budget. It is very sad that beside government commitment to implementation of the Trafficking in Persons Act No. 3 of 2015 the process has been defeated through lack of funding and budget allocation,” she observed.
The Chairperson requested the Ministry of Finance to consider allocating adequate budget allocation in the 2018-2019 National Budget for the implementation of the Act and Plan.
Zungu said the country needs to address the root causes of trafficking in persons so as to break the trafficking cycle.
Central Region Coordinator for MNAT, Caleb Thole said the training would enable the media to appreciate the impact that trafficking in people is having in various societies.
He said MNAT would work closely with the media in publicizing the dangers of trafficking and how communities could curb it in the country.
The Lilongwe based media had the participation of state, private and communities radios.
Participants toured Chisomo Children Club which is one of the holding centers of victims of trafficking in people.