The International Organisation for Migration has launched a campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking in Tanzania, a country increasingly becoming a transit point, it said in a statement on Monday. The three-month campaign dubbed "Uwe sauti Yao" (Be their voice) was launched on Sunday at a hip-hop rally in the capital Dar es Salaam, and is being followed by public service announcements on television and radio. Posters, brochures, calendars, stickers, T-shirts and caps will also be distributed in all major cities across the impoverished African country. We're delighted that this truly unique event has received the full support [from] Tanzania's most famous hip-hop and gospel singers," Par Liljert, IOM's chief of mission in Tanzania, said in a statement. "Just like the media, artists have a crucial role to play to ensure people do not fall prey to ruthless trafficking networks," he added. Cases of international and domestic trafficking have increased in Tanzania, most being internal ones. "Girls and boys are routinely trafficked from rural areas to urban areas where they are abused and exploited in domestic worker, commercial agriculture, fishing and mining industries, and in child prostitution," the statement said. Women and children are also trafficked for sexual or labour exploitation to neighbouring countries as well as to the Middle East and Europe. Over the past two years, IOM Tanzania has assisted more than 120 victims of trafficking with support from the United States State Department. Sapa-AFP My Take: - Kwa wale wanaokumbuka sakata la "Mapanki" kati ya vitu vyote ambavyo wabunge na JK walilaani hawakulaani wala kubisha watoto wa "mitaani" na wale ambao walijikuta katika umalaya. Hadi hivi sasa serikali haina mpango unaooeleweka wa kukabili kadhia hii na kutegemea sheria zilizopo sasa haitoshelezi. - Kwa makusudi kabisa wakati umefika wa Polisi kuanzisha kwenye miji mikubwa na ya mpakani vikosi vya "Anti-Human Trafficking and Smuggling Units". Ambavyo kazi yake itakuwa siyo tu kupokea malalamiko ya watu kutumikwisha bali pia kuingilia kati mahali popote ambapo pana hisia ya mambo hayo. - Kama vile wenzetu Uganda, Sierra Leone na Liberia wanavyofanya kushughulikia watoto walioumizwa katika Vita (kama askari watoto au kama watumishi wengine hata wa kingono) na sisi tuanze hipo. Nakumbuka jinsi NGOs ya Kuleana (chini ya Rakesh Rajani wakati huo)pale Mwanza walivyoweza kusaidia watoto wasio na makazi maalum (wa "mitaani"). Jitihada za NGOs nyingi kuhusu watoto naamini mambo hayo yangefanywa na serikali chini ya usimamizi wa watu wenye maslahi maalum kama ofisi ya Jaji Mkuu au Magereza na idara za Elimu. - Tusipoamua kuingilia kati (immediate intervention) Tanzania inajiandaa kuwa kama Thailand na siku tukifika huko tutashangaa why we didn't act sooner! M. M.