President Edgar Lungu has donated a Toyota Landcruiser and 93 bicycles to Sesheke district with support from cooperating partners to help in the fight against human trafficking and for social protection activities.
The vehicle and bicycles were handed over to the district committee against human trafficking and social welfare community based volunteers by Minister of Community Development and Social Services Emerine Kabanshi in Sesheke.
Mrs. Kabanshi says there has been an increase in the number of cases of human trafficking in Sesheke district of both Zambians and other nationalities with one thousand cases intercepted at Katima Mulilo Border post every year.
The minister who also launched the communication strategy on mixed migration says majority of the victims are children who are trafficked to neighbouring countries for labour, domestic servitude and sexual exploitation.
Mrs. Kabanshi says government is putting up more intervention measures to curb the vice and mitigate some of the challenges communities are faced including reintegration of repatriated victims.
And the United Nations International Organisation for Migration -IOM- has praised Zambia for taking the lead in Southern Africa in fighting human trafficking.
IOM Chief of Mission in Zambia Marianne Lane says her organization will step up efforts to help Zambia provide shelter for rescued victims of human trafficking.
Meanwhile, Sesheke Member of Parliament Frank Kufwakwandi from the UPND has praised the government for its efforts to tackle human trafficking and other social challenges.