UN Worried Over Human Trafficking In DR Congo
The United Nations Mission for Stabilization of Congo and the International Organization for Migration have expressed concern over rising cases of human trafficking in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In a statement issued on Thursday during celebrations to mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons that is always celebrated on July 30, the two organizations noted that DR Congo had become a destination or probably a transit point of people trafficked for forced labour or sexual slavery.
MONUSCO and IOM noted that armed groups and uncontrolled soldiers in eastern DR Congo were the key perpetrators of incidents linked to human trafficking witnessed across the country.
“A significant number of men and boys working as unlicensed small scale miners have been exploited by businessmen in unacceptable slavery situations,” the statement added.
MONUSCO and IOM reiterated the need for a collective fight against this phenomenon and urged all stakeholders to take appropriate measures aimed at identifying and punishing those who commit these acts.