Child Victims of Trafficking in Tanzania

Supporting the establishment of protection, assistance and referral mechanisms for child victims of trafficking in Tanzania”

Overall objective: To promote structured measures at local and/or national level aiming at eradicating trafficking in children in Tanzania.                                                                                  

Specific objective: To enhance the coordination mechanisms amongst key actors in protecting, assisting, and referring child victims of trafficking in Tanzania and to reduce the risks of re-trafficking for these children.

Target Groups: Children, parents, police, public prosecutors, magistrates, social workers, health care providers, local government leaders and community development officers.

Main Activities:

Conduct awareness raising sessions for local government authorities (i.e at local level) on the protection, assistance, SOP, drafting by-laws and the referral mechanisms)

WoteSawa Young Domestic Workers Organization conducted two three day sessions in Mbeya (21 to 23 September 2015) and Iringa (2 to 4 December 2015). 37 local government authority representatives were trained on topics such as the Anti - Trafficking in Persons Act of 2008, victim identification procedures, basic principles for protection and assistance and referral mechanisms for child victims of trafficking. At the end of the sessions, participants formulated two model draft by laws on counter trafficking that could be replicated in their respective villages.

Develop and distribute awareness raising materials on human trafficking (brochures, leaflets, banners and a simplified child friendly version of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act

IOM prints awareness raising materials on trafficking in persons on a regular basis. These materials, which include items such as brochures, child friendly booklets, t-shirts, mugs, pens etc, are widely distributed to stakeholders in Mtwara, Mbeya and Iringa. Wider dissemination of the visibility materials to youth ( a group which is considered to be most vulnerable and at risk of being trafficked) was done during three events to mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, World Aids Day and International Migrants Day.

Provide support to Centres for Protection and Assistance to Victims of Trafficking in Persons

Wotesawa Young Domestic Workers Organization (Mwanza) and Faraja Vocational Training Centre (Arusha) continued to offer shelter, medical and psychosocial care, educational support and vocational training to victims of trafficking. From January to December 2015, the two Centres assosted  a total of 27 victims. The majority of victims are expected to be reunified with their families/reintegrated with the community by the end of the year.