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Zambian city warned

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19 July 2013

by Caitlin Walsh

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Big draw: Victoria Falls, six miles from Livingstone, attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year

Big draw: Victoria Falls, six miles from Livingstone, attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year

ANGLICANS in Livingstone, the tourist capital of Zambia, have been urged to be vigilant, as the city seeks to fight child-trafficking.

The Revd Emmanuel Chikoya, of Livingstone West, has warned that the UN World Tourism Organisation General Assembly meeting next month, which the city is co-hosting, will create "a perfect environment for people to be trafficked, especially for sexual services and any other form of cheap labour. When people notice an unusual number of children in their neighbourhood, they should question such occurrences."

Livingstone, close to the border with Zimbabwe, is a prime location for human trafficking, but it is hoped that the city's partnership with the International Labour Organization will help to prevent such activities. Women and younger children are most at risk of being trafficked.

The Livingstone Anglican Children's Project, of which Mr Chikoya is project director, has been active in trying to prevent trafficking in the area, and church members have re- cently helped to prevent 32 children from being taken over the border.

Mr Chikoya said that fighting these activities "requires co-operation and support from everyone, including members of the community".

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