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The Politics of Human Trafficking and the Mystery of Africa

Tupa's incredible account of modern day slavery begins in Namibia in southwestern Africa.  But what exactly is modern day slavery - or human trafficking?  How is it defined?  How many people are victims of trafficking today?  And how is Africa, and more specifically, a remote country like Namibia, involved?    ...
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Why we need to hear the stories of trafficking survivors.

It almost goes without saying that the most interesting and informative parts of the many discussions on human trafficking are the actual stories and experiences of the people themselves, particularly the victims and survivors of what is arguably the most heinous act one can imagine.  But where are their stories? ...
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Namibia: a land of haves and have-nots

Tupa is from the Republic of Namibia in southwestern Africa.  To better understand this remote and seemingly sleepy country and why something like human trafficking is a very real issue, one has to put aside idyllic images of its wildlife and desert landscapes and focus on one thing: inequality.  To ...
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The Himba People of Namibia

As a member of the Himba ethnic group, Tupa grew up in the remote Kunene Region of northwestern Namibia.  The Himba are one of the most iconic people in Africa, and tourists flock to the region just to take photos of a “traditional tribal society.”  But who are the Himba? ...
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Finding the Right Balance Between People and Wildlife

As Tupa’s story demonstrates, young girls often become vulnerable to something like human trafficking as a result of increasing pressures on their household and family.  For the Himba, such pressures often stem from the power and influence of western environmental organizations and the growing tensions between cattle and wildlife. Since ...
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Angola: A Trafficking Hotspot

Tupa was abducted in southern Angola just over the border with Namibia and the traditional territory of the Himba people.  Over the years, Angola has become a hotspot for smuggling and trafficking of all kinds, threatening to resurrect a grim historical association with slavery. How has this come about?  On September ...
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An Inside Look at the Numbers Gangs and Human Trafficking in Africa

Southern Africa’s notorious Numbers Gangs are among the most feared criminal gangs on the continent.  The 28’s in particular control a vast human trafficking network that would shock most people.  But who are they?  Here is an inside look into their hidden world from a former member of the 28's.  ...
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China and human Trafficking in Africa

Tupa’s story provides clues to the extent of Chinese involvement in human trafficking across Africa.  In recent years, the Chinese have invested heavily in the continent and their presence is now ubiquitous.  But is Africa’s growing dependency on Chinese aid causing it to turn a blind eye to the problem? ...
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The Witching Bonds: Witchcraft and Human Trafficking in Africa

During her ordeal, Tupa experienced a brutal and terrorizing witchcraft ordeal. While it is not always something you hear about, witchcraft and healing are a thriving industry in Africa. And it is clear that some trafficking rings are using it to indoctrinate individuals into a life of slavery.     Raising the ...
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