Human trafficking a transnational challenge


By Bill Kelly

Most of us do not have much to say, but we do have much to learn above all about the universality of this dreadful circle of exploitation and how the Church is involved in combatting it. A study of the subject reveals an urgent need to tackle such a vast pervasive evil which is transnational in nature and which requires the sharing of information. It is a crime that shames us all.

Experience has shown that none of the global problems today can be solved unless we first develop an awareness of them (Hosea 4:6). Arming ourselves with the right information and attitude and building public awareness is priority for us as Caritas Swaziland if we are to be part of the solution. The more we know about human trafficking the sooner the solution in our communities will come.

We have to focus on what is being done on human beings. They are being deprived of their freedom, live their lives in slavery and treated like objects. We at Caritas Swaziland have decided to make public awareness a main concern in our daily work. To this end, we need to develop awareness training material to help increase awareness and educate on the indicators of human trafficking. Currently, Human Trafficking is mainstreamed in all our programmes.