Media and Security Agencies Call to Collaborate to End Human Trafficking
Human trafficking experts have underscored need for a mutual trust and a strong collaboration between the law enforcement agencies and the media to educate the public and curb the vice.
National Program Officer on Trafficking in Persons at United Nations Office, Maxwell Matewere, said despite that the country enacted the human trafficking law in 2015, there has been little collaboration between two side though the media is a whistle blower and very critical in raising awareness.
"The media can help to report, trace and enable the arrest of human trafficking, hence the need to promote collaboration with the law enforcers, such as the police and immigration," said Matewere.
Speaking on Tuesday during a virtual media training for Malawian journalists, Assistant Director of the Cuyahoga Regional Human Trafficking Task Force in Ohio, USA, Detective John Morgan, reaffirmed that the collaboration and trust helps both sides to thrive and burst the malpractice.
"Mutual trust between law enforcement agencies and the media as key in educating the public and curbing the vice," Morgan reaffirmed.
Detective Morgan added that trust helps the media have access to information as they are embedded to human trafficking investigation agencies.
The media training was organized by Renee Jones Empowerment Centre.
On her part, a US based WEWS TV reporter, Tracy Carloss, said the victims of human trafficking often have underlying vulnerability that make it easier for them to be trapped such as sexual assaults and abusive homes life.