Radio Drama Tackles Human Trafficking in Mozambique
Tuesday, July 01, 2008 1:10 PM

Radio Drama Tackles Human Trafficking in Mozambique
Posted on Tuesday, 24-06-2008
Mozambique - IOM's Southern African Counter-Trafficking Assistance Programme (SACTAP) has released a thrilling new drama to radio stations throughout Mozambique to raise awareness of the dangers of irregular migration and trafficking.

Produced by the Johannesburg-based Community Media for Development (CMFD), the 13-part drama entitled "Troco" or "Change" is inspired by the desire of many Mozambicans to emigrate to improve their daily lives; a wish that often leaves them vulnerable to human trafficking.

The drama, which is also currently aired in Zambia, follows a family of women traders who are inadvertently caught up in a mafia scandal and an underground human trafficking ring. Through their experiences and those around them, listeners are encouraged to ask questions on a range of issues related to trafficking and migration.

As part of this initiative, a handbook for journalists and community organizations will provide information to initiate discussions about the characters and the issues they face. Radio stations will be encouraged to have live phone-in and text message discussions after each episode. The series will also have a blog in both English and Portuguese

Last week, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza signed into law three bills designed to criminalize human trafficking

"There is need to inform and educate people about the new legislation and to train law enforcement and social service agents who will be responsible for putting it into practice," says Nely Chimedza, IOM Project Coordinator in Maputo. "This radio drama is part of efforts to publicize the new legislation in a country plagued by a culture of silence when it come to human trafficking.

A Portuguese version of the drama is expected to reach listeners in Portugal, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea, Sao Tomé and Angola through Rádio Difusão Portuguesa (RDP)'s African Portuguese language service.

Radio is considered the most popular source of entertainment and information for rural communities, which are the most vulnerable to human trafficking in Southern Africa.

Human trafficking is a growing issue in Mozambique. Since January 2008, Mozambican authorities say they have rescued more than 200 children who were being trafficked to South Africa.

IOM's SACTAP is funded by the Norwegian Embassy in South Africa and the US Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM)     

For more information please contact:

Nely Chimedza
IOM Maputo
Tel: +258 21 310 779
E-mail: nchimedza@iom.int 

or

Karen Blackman
IOM Pretoria
Tel: + 27 12 342 27 89
E-mail: kblackman@iom.int

Published in: "Radio Drama Tackles Human Trafficking in Mozambique," Press Release, International Organization for Migration, 24 June 2008.