A Zimbabwean woman has appeared before the courts facing human trafficking charges after she allegedly “enslaved” a juvenile from Chitungwiza.
Daisy Machiha (34), from Harare, appeared before Chitungwiza Magistrate Court charged with violating section 3 of the Trafficking in Persons Act, according to NewsDay.
She was remanded in custody to Monday for the commencement of trial in a case presided over by regional magistrate Gloria Takundwa.
It is alleged that on December 31, 2021, Machiha met the juvenile at Mukomberwa in Zengeza 5 and lied that there was a job vacancy that the juvenile could take.
Machiha then transported the juvenile to her home in Budiriro 5B where she allegedly “enslaved” her by making her work for no pay.
The State told the court:
The accused person made the complainant do domestic chores like sweeping, washing, cooking and made her take care of her two minor children for no pay for a period of one year.
She also ill-treated the complainant by assaulting her, using a cooking stick, clenched fists and open hands.
The accused denied her access to contact her parents and relatives for a period of one year. She also made sure that the complainant did not go out of the yard alone and she took advantage of the fact that the complainant was not familiar with Harare.
The matter came to light when neighbours reported the matter to the police.
Reports of Modern-day slavery and human trafficking:
Modern-day slavery and human trafficking still exist in various parts of the world, and people from vulnerable populations, including those from low-income families or countries, may be at a higher risk.
There have been reports of African migrants being exploited and enslaved in different parts of the world.
In recent years, there were reports of Zimbabweans being exploited and enslaved in Oman.
There are also reports of Zimbabweans being exploited and enslaved in South Africa, which is a serious issue.
It is essential to raise awareness and take steps to prevent human trafficking and forced labour, including educating oneself on the signs and reporting suspicious activities.
To avoid human trafficking, you can:
1). Learn to recognize signs of trafficking, such as fear or limited movement.
2). Learn about the causes of trafficking and educate others.
3). Help support vulnerable groups, like refugees and women.
4). Be careful when communicating with strangers online.
5). Report any suspected trafficking to authorities.
6). Avoid products or services associated with trafficking.
7). Advocate for policies that address trafficking and support victims.