The government of Lesotho is trying every trick in the book to eradicate the scourges of the crime that sees millions of men, woman and children being trafficked across the world for among others cheap labour and sex.
Recently, the government through the Ministry of Home Affairs rescued a total of 31 Basotho from being trafficked.
The initiative, according to the Minister of Home Affairs Motlalentoa Letsosa resulted in improved relations between Lesotho and the American government which is spearheading the fight against human trafficking.
The relations had been strained by Lesotho’s inability to contain the crime, with scores of females especially, young girls being sold in neighbouring countries mainly South Africa where they work as sex slaves for inconsequential sums of money.
Through vigilant public servants stationed at the country’s numerous border gates with South Africa, the home affairs ministry also cracked down on a syndicate of pimps that is responsible for the sale of young girls across the borders.
Recent studies show that the skyrocketing human trafficking cases are being fueled by the ever mounting rate of unemployment and desperation for jobs in most countries, worldwide.
The home affairs ministry says human trafficking victims are readily recognisable through their erratic behaviour and unusual movements, which help immigration officials to identify them effortlessly.
In a bid to combat this crime that knows no boundaries and that does not recognise any gender line or age limit, the government of Lesotho has established a task-force team made up of among others police, non-governmental organisations and intelligence officers.