Training on Trafficking of Persons and Children on the Move
Save the Children Eswatini in collaboration with People Smuggling Unit/ Human Trafficking Secretariat under the Prime Minister’s Office conducted a three day’s training on trafficking of persons and children on the move, at The George Hotel in Manzini.
The training attended by key stakeholders, from government ministries including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, Royal Eswatini Police Services, National Children’s Services Department and the Department of Social Welfare to mention just a few; and NGOs with special attention to the Prevention of Trafficking in persons and People Smuggling.
The training will ensure that key stakeholders share and learn best practices from the region relating to children on the move and guarantee that Frontline state actors recognize the value of applying a standard case management system recommended in the region, gain understanding of the children on the move concept, recognizing the value of applying a standard case and identifying their roles and acting in the best interest of children.
Save the Children Eswatini has forged a good working relationship with the Human Trafficking Secretariat under the Prime Minister’s Office and other relevant key stakeholders to advance the cause of protection of USMC who some of them are victims of trafficking.
Through the Eastern and Southern African Region’s program focusing on the protection of children on the move and advocacy to governments to pay special attention to this clandestine movement of children within and across borders, the government of Eswatini have seen the importance of joint collaboration with neighboring countries; hence, it requires that key stakeholders be trained on a number of issues regarding children and adults to implement in unison between and across borders.
It is well documented that Children on the Move face challenges beyond their control during transit from their home country to their destination which usually includes but not limited to abuse of all forms including child labor, lack of documentation, trafficking and smuggling and not accessing social services including education and health care services.
However; the kingdom of Eswatini, being a destination and transit country for children on the move has the responsibility to respond to this challenge, that has for the longest time remained invisible yet not without dire consequences for children.
In many instances, those tasked with responding in the best interest of the child have in many African countries found to be short of knowledge and skills to protect children; hence the training will not only capacitate state actors and civil society equally, but will seek to interrogate barriers to service delivery for children on the move, as the overarching objective is to bring countries to a common understanding about the unique nature of child migration and to consequently consider efforts that enhance the protection of unaccompanied migrant children on their journey, in transit as well as destination countries.