Prisons Care and Counselling Association (PRISCCA) wishes to commend the Zambian Government on the establishment of an Anti-Human Trafficking Department that will form a Committee under the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security to mitigate on rising cases of human trafficking, a vice that has been commercialized in Zambia.
A number of organisations from the public and private sectors are currently making submissions to the Committee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, of the National Assembly of Zambia at Parliament Building, among them PRISCCA.
The submissions are being made through the ramifications of consideration of the Anti-Human Trafficking (Amendment) Bill No. 16 of 2022, to replace the Anti-Human Trafficking Act No. 11 of 2008.
Among the issues highlighted through the PRISCCA submissions focused on:
- Inclusion of a Zambia Correctional Service representative on the suggested committee.
- Inclusion of a civil society organisation representative with vast experience in immigration related matters.
- Enhancing collaboration with High Commissions and Embassies in Zambia with purposes of expediting deportation for migrant workers.
- Deletion of old, archaic and outdated terminologies such as prohibited immigrants (PIs) and replace it with words such as migrant workers, immigration detainees or asylum seekers.
We believe this will work in tandem with the African Union agenda of opening up Africa to other African countries for free trade and movement.