Human trafficking more complex than we think

Editor, Reference is made to Sunny Ntayombya's "Jobs, not police action will stop human trafficking" (The New Times, November 19).

Reference is made to Sunny Ntayombya’s “Jobs, not police action will stop human trafficking” (The New Times, November 19).

The underlying factors that expose young women and girls to the risk of getting drawn into the nets of human traffickers and the claws of criminals and other exploiters cannot be reduced to poverty and lack of opportunities.

Naivety that makes a young girl trust in a total stranger and agree to his suspicious advice not to confide in parents and close confidants is the main ingredient for becoming a victim. And to quote Friedrich Schiller in Die Jungfrau von Orleans (The Maid of Orleans), “Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.”

It is high time parents and educators learnt to teach their children and those under their charge minimum levels of prudent skepticism, especially in the face of sweet blandishments from people they don’t know or know very little about.

Yes, police work alone can’t resolve this societal problem. But it isn’t also simply about poverty and lack of access to jobs. It is young women and young girls (and boys to a lesser extent) failing to heed our god-given instincts to be suspicious of those making us offers that seem too good to be true because, almost certainly, a trap is involved somewhere in that tempting offer.

Mwene Kalinda


Mr. Ntayombya, like most of the times I am finding it difficult to understand your argument. Are you saying if someone tripled your salary you would not be tempted to try the greener pastures? Now imagine the possibility of finding the expected work contrary to what you expected. In short, even those with jobs can easily be tempted with better paying jobs.