To march words with actions, the centre for Human Rights and Peace Advocacy (CHRAPA) recently organised a training workshop with judicial officers including magistrates, lawyers and judicial police officers to enhance their skills and to share knowledge on how to identify, investigate and prosecute cases of child sex trafficking. The training brought together 20 judicial officers and it is expected that they will use knowledge gained to identify, properly investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of these acts. This was thanks to the generous support of Vital Voices through the Global Freedom Exchange -Working to End Child Sex Trafficking.
Child Sex trafficking in our communities have continued to increase. The vulnerability of young girls in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon to become victims of this hideous and heinous crime has continued to increase especially given the present socio-political climate at the moment. Parents and guardians of children watch out. Most often the perpetrator is not far away. It might be a friend to the family, an uncle, a neighbor. It could also be a complete stranger.
Many families have become host to Internally Displaced People. The fabrics of our families might no longer be the same. Many things might happened in our homes without our knowledge. As parents and guardians lets take the responsibility to educate ourselves on the phenomenon of child sex trafficking as well well as our children and other young girls we might be in contact with.