Statement and Audio Recording by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson on Human Trafficking Awareness Day, January 11

Windhoek – Today, January 11, is Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  I want to voice my support for the work that Namibia and the United States together have undertaken in fighting this terrible cruelty.  Human trafficking is an international crime of the absolute worst kind, as it is a violation of a person’s most basic human rights.  Human trafficking affects every country in the world, including both Namibia and the United States.

When governments work together to fight human trafficking, we can stop it.  The Namibian government has put in place and is implementing the Combatting of Trafficking in Persons Law.  The Namibian government also has established procedures for identifying and caring for human trafficking victims and has launched a nationwide public awareness campaign that empowers every person to help end the very real threat of human trafficking.  Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Namibia rightly continues to prioritize the fight against trafficking in persons so that the most vulnerable among us are not forgotten.

When democracies such as Namibia and the United States work together to protect people’s rights and to hold criminals accountable, we can help end the horrible crime of human trafficking.