Speaking in Dodoma at a ceremony to mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the minister directed that children under the age of 18 not be allowed to travel from one region to another, regionally and internationally without written permission from their parents and local government.
He asked the permanent secretary to liaise with his opposite number at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation to compile a list of Tanzanians feared to be facing abuse in foreign countries for them to be brought back home.
Human trafficking is a big problem in Tanzania, he said, noting that apart from those who are flown abroad and usually exploited, trafficking is also thriving in big cities with children and youths lured from upcountry regions.
He urged law enforcement agencies to make sure that no more people are trafficked within and outside the country.
“I bet that if we go to the main bus stand right now and conduct an inspection, we will find at least three or four girls who do not know what they are going to do in their destinations,” he said.
Law enforcers should not continue with ‘business as usual’ by waiting to receive complaints in their offices but go out there and stop trafficking from being conducted.
Simbachawene said there are individuals who profit from luring young girls from vulnerable upcountry families and offer them to urban households for a free as housemaids.
While they earn commissions from the supposed employers, the victims end up in dreary daily labour while earning little or nothing at all.
“There as those who host vulnerable girls in rented places and start prostituting them. This too must end,” he declared.
People trafficking and modern day slavery is a massive worldwide problem with very few countries immune to human trafficking, and the world day established by the United Nations is meant to raise awareness and beef up curbing of such practices.
UN agencies estimate that thousands of men, women and children end up in the hands of traffickers every year, often through being tricked and mislead to believe that they are being taken to work that will make their families better off.
It is also not strange that force, kidnapping or even handing over by families living in abject poverty, expecting that handing them over shall enhance their children’s ability to survive.
“There are many ways that people get caught up in trafficking, but the result is the same, they lose their rights and identity and are used and abused, and it is a global problem, an industry not far behind drugs and arms in terms of profit for traffickers,” officials underlined.