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Sunday, 30 June 2013 17:32 // 1243
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LIVINGSTONE residents have been urged to be alert and guard against cases of forced labour and human trafficking as the city prepares to co-host the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in August this year.

Livingstone in Zambia and Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe will co-host the UNWTO General Assembly from August 24 to 29, 2013.

Livingstone Anglican West Parish Father, Emmanuel Chikoya urged residents to be vigilant as some visitors may take advantage of the UNWTO to promise them a better living but recruit them for forced labour.

Fr Chikoya said in an interview that the fact that several international delegates would be flocking to Livingstone with different interests created a perfect environment for people to be trafficked, especially for sexual services and any other forms of cheap labour.

The Livingstone Anglican Church Children's Project in partnership with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) recently conducted inter-school debates on human tracking and forced labour at Shungu Primary School.

The project of sensitising the community of Livingstone on human trafficking and forced labour would run for four months.

Fr Chikoya, who is the project director, said cases of human trafficking and forced labour were real and anyone, including the clergy or politicians could be trafficked either by force or cohesion or by being enticed with good prospects.

"For instance, when people notice unusual numbers of children in their neighbourhood, they should question such occurrences. Let them take interest especially when they see somebody who is nervous and uneasy as this could be a case of human trafficking," he said.

He said fighting human trafficking and forced labour required the cooperation and support from everyone, including members of the community.

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