Rwanda : Journalists advised to help fight human trafficking
Rwanda Media High Council and Immigration departments have called Journalists to hold tight their pens and other work equipment to back up the fight against human trafficking particularly children business, it has been requested.
Although human trafficking is not common in Rwanda, it is very common in east African region especially Kenya and Uganda, according to relevant Officials.
The media has a responsibility to teach the public about human trafficking and how to prevent it. The secret code that has been used in human trafficking is to lie to them that they are going to be given jobs in foreign countries.
A person lies to give jobs to others and promises them good living conditions and takes them to others he/she is dealing with and is paid and the people sold are either made to do labour work or prostitution and this is also done on internet or through telephones.
People who are usually affected by human trafficking are women and children where women and young girls are usually used in prostitution or house work and young men are used in physical labour like digging, mining or in factories.
Human trafficking is usually done in Asian countries and in East Africa it is common in Uganda and Kenya. And it is taking steps and developing in Rwanda like where people were caught transporting children to other countries lying to them that they will provide good job to them as Emmanuel Mugisha the acting director of National Media Council.
Above human trafficking also there is using a forged travelling document to enter into a certain country which is also increasing as well as human trafficking. In writing stories about these, media will be teaching the public about them but they were asked to be careful not to hurt those who were affected by such an act.
Though Rwanda has no special law that prevents and punishes human trafficking it uses other related laws among which there is the constitution and international laws that punishes such acts of selling people which states that a person found doing so can be imprisoned between 20 years and for life.