Human trafficking is one of the most tragic features of contemporary global migration and is a gross violation of human rights. Kenya has been identified as a country of origin, transit, and destination for victims of human trafficking.
The US State Department’s 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report placed Kenya on its Tier 2 Watch List as a country that has not shown sufficient effort to combat human trafficking.
Although information relating to trafficking in East Africa is limited, available data suggests that the countries in the region have issues with both domestic and cross-border human trafficking.
The United Nations has designated 30 July 2014 as the first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons to raise awareness of the issue among the general public, policy-makers and civil society. IOM will join hands with its UN and other partners around the world on this day to fight against this human rights violation.
IOM has been working in counter trafficking since 1994. It is committed to prevent trafficking and to protect victims, while offering them options for safe and sustainable reintegration and/or return to their home countries.
On 30 July 2014 IOM Kenya has planned various events in locations where it has counter trafficking activities to raise awareness of the issue and encourage people to take action against the crime.
In Garissa, Turkana, Marsabit and Uasin Gishu counties IOM has been supporting the local authorities to strengthen the provision of social protection services, with assistance from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). It also supports building capacity for both law enforcement officers and community health workers, provides psychosocial counselling to victims, and performs awareness raising among local communities.
To the mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons , IOM field offices in Lodwar and Kakuma have launched public service announcements (PSAs) through local radio stations raising awareness of the issue, telling people about how to report suspected cases, and encouraging them to be alert and vigilant.
The PSAs are being aired through Akicha, Maata and Ata Nayeche to reach Lodwar town and its vicinities, Loima, Turkana South West Pokot, North Pokot and Kakuma. They will run for a week.
On July 30th IOM will also organize a talk show with trafficking experts and a one-day sensitization workshop for national and local government and law enforcement officials, and civil society organizations. The IOM field offices in Garissa and Eldoret will also organize sensitization workshops.
For more information, please contact Teranishi Etsuko at IOM Nairobi, Email: email@example.com, Tel: +254708988903.