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African judges tackle human trafficking

African judges tackle human trafficking

Aili Iilonga

Judges from Namibia’s High Court, magistrates from the regions as well as high profile judges from Kenya and Malawi gathered for a conference to discuss pertinent issues surrounding human trafficking.
The colloquium is part of the U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons grants and implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Law Reform and Development Commission and the Namibia Law Association also attended it.

During the three-day meeting, the judges looked at human trafficking as it affects the SADC region and the legal frameworks for addressing it. They also explored the indicators of trafficking in persons, which is a particularly important angle because human trafficking often is a hidden crime.
“The expertise, analysis, and decision-making that you brought to this colloquium will help ensure that traffickers are punished appropriately for the crimes they commit. The importance of accountability cannot be overstated,” Johnson told the attendants in her message of support.

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