Letsosa vows to deal with trafficking in persons claims

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By Mamello Mosaefane

Minister of home affairs Motlalentoa Letsosa has on Monday this week vowed to deepen investigations of illegal issuance of residence permits to aliens following allegations of foreigners involved in human trafficking.

Letsosa in a statement to National Assembly said his ministry is digging deeper into the issue of human trafficking after receiving claims from a home affair official that a Pakistan man had trafficking people into Lesotho.

However, Letsosa told the august house it is surprising to only hear the trafficking claims as rumors, while such alleged traffickers are not being reported to police.

“It is not helping that people are not reporting this matter to the police, but rather run to media,” said Letsosa.

Alliance of Democrats legislator Mahali Phamotse said trafficking issue involves people with a lot of money, hence difficult for the involved to be easily traced by police.

She further quizzed the minister on what would be done to ensure that perpetrators of crimes of trafficking in persons are dealt with to the full extent the law.

Letsosa said his ministry is aware of the challenges surrounding investigating crimes of trafficking in persons and added he is aware perpetrators of such crimes are wealthy individuals and hard to trace without witnesses assisting the police with evidence.

Letsosa said Lesotho is third in list of countries poorly handling human trafficking issues as revealed by American report.

He said the ministry of home affairs is aiming at making it difficult for foreigners to obtain residence permits in order to protect Basotho from Trafficking in persons.

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