Anti-Human Trafficking Services
Zambia has a human trafficking problem. Official numbers are significantly under-reported. It is estimated that thousands of people, including children, are trafficked in Zambia every year. This involves both domestic trafficking as well as cross border trafficking. Traffickers exploit children into cheap labour, domestic servitude, forced street begging, and sex trafficking. Sometimes, these exploited children and other vulnerable groups like women, end up being prosecuted for being illegal immigrants and for crimes they are being trafficking for and forced into. Zambia also hosts over 80,000 refugees and asylum seekers, mostly from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who are vulnerable to exploitation.
UP Zambia is committed to combating human trafficking and safeguarding the rights of victims, particularly vulnerable children being trafficked and forced to migrate. We provide a range of services to trafficking victims in conflict with the law, including screening migrants and trafficked individuals in detention facilities, free legal representation, interpretation services, family tracing, connecting victims with embassies for consular services, psychosocial counselling, and emergency food and clothing.
We also partner with UNODC, the Commissioner of Refugees and UNHCR to work with the judiciary and front line officials to enhance knowledge and skills of those identifying and presiding over human trafficking cases. We have conducted awareness raising workshops as well as devised referral procedures for a fairer justice system for victims of human trafficking, migrants, and refugees, in particular children.
UP Zambia legal services are funded by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) through the Enabling Access to Justice, Civil Society Participation and Transparency (EnACT) programme and UNICEF under the Ufulu Project, Co funded by European Union (EU) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).