Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Mothers trafficking daughters for sex face P1 million fine, life imprisonment

With some criminally irresponsible mothers pimping out their under-age daughters, some culprits will feel the full wrath of the amended Anti-human Trafficking Act.

In response to human trafficking in general, the government made an anti-human trafficking law in 2014. Last year, an amendment bill to the Act gained legislative passage and President Mokgweetsi Masisi assented to the Anti-human Trafficking Amendment Act on January 12 this year. The amended act introduces a whole new section sub-headed “severe forms of trafficking in persons.”

Some 15 days after Masisi’s assent (January 27), a Gaborone mother, herself an alleged sex worker, took her daughter on an ill-fated journey from Broadhurst to Gaborone West shopping mall – which hosts the reddest red-light district in Gaborone. There she pimped the daughter out to a 59-year old man who allegedly went on to rape the victim. Posts on the mother’s Facebook page suggest that she leads an excessively hedonistic lifestyle. That lifestyle reached its most sadistic rupture yet on January 27 when she pimped out her own flesh and blood. There has been public reporting to the effect that many more mothers pimp out their under-age daughters for fast cash.

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