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Police warn against false human trafficking reports

Police warn against false human trafficking reports

Marthina Mutanga

THE Namibian Police has warned the public against posting unverified or false information, especially pertaining to human trafficking, as it causes unnecessary fear and panic.


The appeal comes after social media posts about an unknown woman who was allegedly almost abducted in Katutura a week ago.


The spokesperson of the Namibian Police, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi, said if indeed true, the victim of such a crime or people with information pertaining to the incident should approach the Katutura Station Commander or the Khomas Crime Coordinator at the Windhoek police station to file a report.


Shikwambi noted that the police have not reported new abduction cases, adding that widespread fears of increasing human trafficking incidents especially in Windhoek were ignited by a 2018 human trafficking case.


In that trafficking in persons case registered in Windhoek under CR 370/09/2018, which was awaiting the decision of the Prosecutor General, Simon Andjamba was yesterday arrested for the trafficking of four boys from Angola to Namibia to work on his farm.


He made his first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court today and was granted bail in the amount of N$15,000.


He paid the amount and the case was postponed to 28 October 2020 for trial.


According to Shikwambi, she also learned that a woman reported on social media of an alleged kidnapping attempt yesterday in the Khomasdal area.


Disappointingly, she added, no report was lodged with the police.


Shikwambi said human trafficking cases are serious and anyone who falls victim to an abduction attempt should immediately report the matter.


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