“The international women’s day comes at a time when Burundian women and girls are the target of violence of all kinds. Human trafficking is a reality in Burundi. Here (in Burundi), more than 60 percent of victims of human trafficking are women and girls,” said Prime Mbarubukeye, chairman of the Burundian National Observatory for the Fight against Trans-National Criminality.

traffickingAccording to him, Burundian women and girls are victims of transnational trade for prostitution, organs for trafficking.

“Destination countries where Burundian women are considered as slaves include Oman, Saudi Arabia and Australia,” said Mbarubukeye, adding that some mothers are betrayers or accomplices in such crimes.

The observatory whose members are volunteer lawyers commended Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza for promulgating, on Oct. 29, 2014, a law repressing people’s slavery and the protection of slavery victims.

The observatory called on the government to set up the national independent commission against people’s slavery. Enditem

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