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• Country of origin, transit, and destination for women, children, and possibly men subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking.

• Victims lured by traffickers with promises of legitimate work.

• Victims may be beaten or raped by traffickers or third parties.

• Traffickers exploit Namibian children, as well as children from Angola, Zambia, and possibly Zimbabwe.

• Namibian parents unwittingly sell their children to traffickers.

• Adults subject children of distant relatives to forced labor or sex trafficking.

• Unconfirmed reports indicate that truck drivers recruit and transport Namibian women and children to South Africa for forced prostitution.

• 30.6% of women in the Namibian city of Windhoek report intimate partner physical violence in their lifetime.

• 16.5% of women report sexual intimate partner violence in their lifetime.

• 42.5 of women report intimate partner and/or non-partner physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime.

• 6% reported forced first sex.

• 6.4% reported abuse during pregnancy.

•  11,882 cases of gender-based violence were reported in 2009, 1,036 of which involved rape.



Executive director Esme Kisting NGO The King’s Daughters Organization, works to give women exploited in commercial sex another chance at life.

• Government-run Zero Tolerance Against Gender-Based Violence and Trafficking in Persons media campaign

• Namibian Police Force’s Woman and Child Protection Unit runs counseling and protection centres.


Sources: UN Women Violence against Women Prevalence Data:  Surveys  by  Country 2011; U.S. Department of State 2010 Human Rights Report, U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2011