Zimbabwe: Suspected Human Trafficking Syndicate Ships 200 Zimbabweans Out
Source: all-africa, 11/05/2019
Investigations by newzimbabwe.com reveal that the human
trafficking syndicate, is being led by a former Zimbabwe national
soccer team player (name withheld) and his wife.
Officers from Criminal Investigations Department (CID) visited the
pick-up point (open space between Harare City library and Harare
International Conference Centre) and made the travellers aware of
the possibility they could be turned into slaves but their pleas
fell on deaf ears.
After a tip off before the group left, newzimbabwe.com visited the
pick-up point an open space used by various driving training
schools and witnessed the over 200 preparing to board buses bound
for South Africa.
A quick check with the Canadian Embassy in Harare`s offices
revealed that it was `ironic` that the people were being promised
the North American country`s visas in South Africa yet it has a
full embassy in Harare.
`I came here because we are supposed to board buses to South
Africa and process our visas to Canada,` one of the desperate job
seekers said on condition of anonymity.
Investigations by this publication also shows that the job seekers
were recruited through a social media message.
`The law does not stop anyone from living the country, we raised
awareness to the travellers but all were adamant to go,` a CID
officer who is not allowed to speak to the media told this
`We tried to speak to them but the only people who at least
listened to our warnings of possible human trafficking were
relatives who had come to see them off. They even refused to tell
us their final destination.`
Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi was not
immediately available for comment.
The officer also told this publication that they have alerted the
Home Affairs Ministry`s secretariat on the developments.
Inquires by this publication at the Canadian in Harare indicate it
also does not have a direct visa section.
`VFS Global manages, the Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC) in
Harare and is the exclusive service provider for the government of
Canada, authorised to accept applications in all temporary
resident categories (visitor visas, study and work permits and
travel document application from Canada`s permanent resident in
Zimbabwe,` a Canadian embassy official said.
The country`s economic problems and a high employment rate has
forced citizens into taking desperate moves with some ending up as
salves in the Middle East.
The visa conditions and work permits are said to be issued in a
languages which they do not understands which restrict them from
leaving their slavery.
In 2016, at least 200 women were reported to have been trapped in
Kuwait where they pleaded for government assistance to return