The East African community moved closer to having a common law catering for human trafficking, as the legislative assembly passed a Bill to that effect last Tuesday. The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Bill 2016, following approval from heads of states, will serve as the region’s main principle/law in addressing this concern. The move comes in the wake of discovering that there were insufficient regulations to combat the menace.
The proposed initiative advocates for methods of preventing trafficking, sharing surveillance info
between countries, collaborating in investigations, enacting tougher punishments while ensuring victim protection. Passing of the law could boost efforts by Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi, nations which have been previously accused by rights groups and other related organizations of doing little to prevent the atrocity. The International Organization for Migration last year called for closer cooperation among EAC countries, since the region has various parts being politically unstable with high unemployment rates. The 2016 Trafficking in Persons report further dubbed the bloc as a source, conduit and destination of trafficked persons because of administrator complicity.