International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online)

Human Trafficking in Zimbabwe: An Impediment to National Development.
Obediah Dodo, Gloria Dodo

Abstract
Zimbabwe continues to be rocked by a plethora of crises that have had grievous effects on development chief amongst them, human trafficking. This illegal transportation of human beings for exploitation has broken down family ties, eroded states’ human capital, eroded citizens’ confidence in Immigration authorities’ effectiveness, trampled on fundamental human rights and re-introduced the ‘old age slavery’. This discussion is focused on the implications of human trafficking on human rights in the developing world particularly in Zimbabwe. The research was guided by amongst other models, the Cost-Benefit model which argues that people decide to leave their countries only after comparing the net benefits from the available options ignoring implications to human rights. Zimbabwe is now known to be a route, source and market for human trafficking largely because of its laxity on laws around the scourge. It is this laxity on the part of the government that brings in the issue about human rights being ignored and allowing innocent and desperate citizens to be exploited and never recover again. (169 words)

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