Government has called for concerted efforts to prevent and eliminate human trafficking issues in the country. This was said Wednesday in Lilongwe when Ministry of Homeland Security in conjunction with Ministry of Gender presented licenses to four designated Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to provide shelter to victims of human trafficking. Speaking during the presentation ceremony, Minister of Homeland Security, Richard Chimwendo Banda said government is committed towards preventing and eliminating human trafficking cases in the country. According to Chimwendo, Government given the four NGOs licenses because they met minimum standards to operate shelters for trafficked victims as per Persons in Trafficking (PIT) Act of 2015. “This day is historic because for the first time in the history of fighting human trafficking in the country, we are officially designating premises of the first four pioneer organizations to operate shelters for survivors of TIP. We do not want to compromise on standard and quality, we want the shelters to be providing a place of solace and security whereby the victims can be provided with care and reassurance of safety,” said Banda. Chimwendo : The shelters will be providing a place of solace and security to victims Banda further said his ministry has developed sentencing guidelines which will be used to address disparities in sentences of traffickers. He said after survivors were rescued the country never had shelters whereby they could receive counselling and psychosocial support from the trauma they had gone through. The Minister urged the four organizations to ensure that the shelters where up to the standards as stipulated in the TIP Act 2015. Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Dr Patricia Kaliati said her Ministry is equally concerned with increased number of human trafficking in the country. Kaliati said her Ministry will deploy designated Protection Officers in all borders in the country. Kaliati : We are keen to working with the four NGOs “My Ministry is concerned with the increased number of cases of trafficking being recorded by our law enforcement agencies. As a Ministry, we are keen to working with the four NGOs providing shelters services to the TIP survivors. We will be monitoring to make sure that the set standards of the safe homes are being maintained to the expectations. We will always be there to provide technical support,” said Kaliati. Chairperson for one of the organizations that was presented with a licence, Gateway of Hope, Christina Kachimanga said they were happy that they were given a go ahead to be running the shelter home. She said her organisation would be providing daily needs and support to survivor’s victims of TIP. “We will ensure that the shelter is managed by the set standards and not compromising on quality. We will be sheltering TIP survivors by ensuring that they are provided with counselling and psychosocial therapy services. The Organizations that received licences are Love Justice Malawi, Gateway of Hope, Salvation Army and Youth Network and Counselling (YONECO). Sharing is Caring!