Parents and minors denied entry into Botswana and SA
WINDHOEK, 28 DEC (NAMPA) – Sixteen adults travelling with minors were denied entry into Botswana and South Africa from Namibia because of the minors’ insufficient travel documents.
Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration Spokesperson, Salome Kambala told Nampa Wednesday 11 adults were refused entry into Botswana at the Ngoma Border Post in the Zambezi Region and five were denied entry into South Africa at the Ariamsvlei Border Post in the //Kharas Region.
“Most of the parents sent back were carrying only the child’s passport and no full birth certificate or the father’s consent letter,” she said.
This happened after the ministry reminded the nation earlier this month that children under the age of 16 should at all times carry a full birth certificate with their passports as well as a letter of consent by an absent parent when entering those two countries.
These requirements that aim to address human trafficking were first put in place by South Africa in July 2013 and then by Botswana in October 2016.
Human trafficking, particularly of women and children for sex, slavery or arranged marriages, is a global problem the United Nations (UN) Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons is aiming to address through the implementation of such border controls. It falls under the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime.
Namibia has not yet implemented the Protocol.