The world cup season reminds me of the campaign of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference regarding awareness on Trafficking in Persons. Quite a lot was done at that time in the Vicariate of Ingwavuma (South Africa) where I was the bishop at that time.
Trafficking is also present in Swaziland. In some cases as a transit country. In other cases, Swazi people are the victims.
We hope to be able to start a project in the Diocese of Manzini to raise awareness and, God willing, to provide shelter to survivors.
Last week I was sent a link to the US report which also gives a picture of this situation in each country:
"Swaziland is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children who are subjected to sex trafficking, domestic servitude, and forced labor in agriculture.
Swazi girls, particularly orphans, are subjected to sex trafficking and domestic servitude primarily in the cities of Mbabane and Manzini.
Traffickers utilize Swaziland as a transit country for transporting foreign victims from beyond the region to South Africa for forced labor. Some Swazi women are forced into prostitution in South Africa and Mozambique after voluntarily migrating in search of work."
The report can be downloaded from the link below: