Thursday, February 02, 2012

Blog #3: Human trafficking: Chipinge’s Unsolved Challenge

           Numerous cases dealing with young females becoming subject to sexual slavery and being handed over to a brothel have been occurring in Chipinge, located in Zimbabwe.  Because of its location, this district has become prey to human trafficking, gathering thousands of dollars from villagers looking forward to promises of education, marriage, and employment.  This area is only recently becoming aware of the dangerous activities taking place, making them an ideal spot for victims for many years.  The conman are constantly coming up with new ways to convince Zimbabweans that can find better lives in South Africa and nearby countries.
          Many Africans have been promised monthly jobs at rates appealing to their situation only to end up in completely different areas working with no pay.  Some of these victims even get established as full time commercial sex workers in their journeys and new lives in South Africa.  Some were raped and robbed before they could be handed over to the South African employers; people they believed were going to just provide them with decent jobs. 
          The situation of Zimbabwe’s geographical position is very unfortunate for the people.  The poor living conditions mixed with the desire to get to South Africa for job opportunities and a better life leaves many citizens victim to trafficking and sex slavery.  This area also is an ideal area for trafficking and smuggling from Asia, Europe, and other African countries.  Luring young people with false promises of employment, education or marriage, they are fleeing the area and leaving their families without anyone to help in the field.  Schoolteachers also noticed a decrease in the number of students as the left for jobs in South Africa.  The urge for these jobs lowered all standards of an already low area.  Families suffered as the extra help left and schools lost students, limiting the education the students had because they left school and never actually started in South Africa. 

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