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    Trafficking in Persons in the SADC Region: a Baseline Report

    Trafficking in persons is a public security concern for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. The region has taken a firm stand to prevent and combat trafficking in persons, evidenced by 13 out of 15 SADC Member States enacting specific legislation criminalising trafficking in persons. In addition, SADC Member States also adopted the 10 Year SADC Strategic Plan of Action on Combating Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (2009-2019), which guides efforts to prevent and combat the crime in the region. This research report was conducted in order to determine the nature, extent and impacts of trafficking in persons in the region, and provides recommendations for the region to be better prepared and effectively respond to the crime and ensure public security in the region. The research was undertaken under the auspices of the European Union-funded SADC Regional Political Cooperation (RPC) Programme, which, among others, seeks to raise awareness, cooperation and action against trafficking in persons in the SADC region.