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IOM worried with increased number of trafficked women

International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Malawi has stated that Malawi continues to register high numbers of young women that are being trafficked into labour and exploited sexually.

Chief of Mission in Malawi for IOM, Nomagugu Ncube, said this on Monday during the sensitization of Young Women on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants at Riverside Hotel in Lilongwe.

Ncube said most young women are experiencing various forms of trafficking due to their vulnerability, saying most of them are getting into abusive situations.

She disclosed that there are over 300 young women who are currently trafficked to gulf region, particularly in Oman.

Ncube said the sensitization meeting has been organized in order to raise awareness among young women within Lilongwe on the current recruitment drive being experienced in the country.

She said IOM, government, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Malawi Girl Guides Association (MAGGA) and all partners have joined hands in order to provide vital information to the young women as to where they should report if found in such situation.

District Secretary and Young Leader of MAGGA, Michelle Makina, described the sensitization meeting crucial in raising awareness among young women on the dangers of being trafficked.

Makina said the meeting would empower young women to make informed decision when faced with situation which could lead them being trafficked locally or intentionally.

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