By Azania Post Reporter
LOCALS who intend to go abroad searching for employment opportunities have been counseled to route their application through Tanzania Employment Services Agency (Taesa), the Deputy Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office, Labour, Youth and Employment, Anthony Mavunde, told Parliament in Dodoma today.
The deputy minister was responding to a supplementary question by Ritha Kabati, special seats (CCM) legislator who wanted to know measures taken by the government to protect locals who are working abroad.
Deputy Minister Mavunde said the government would continue to protect the rights of all people who are working abroad after realizing they followed all procedures before.
“I ask local citizens who want to go abroad to work, they should first visit the agency so that we understand their whereabout and it is very easy to support them in case they encounter any problem ,” he said.
However few years ago there was outcry from some Tanzanians (particularly women) working abroad who lamented that they were forced to work without get paid.
Most of them who worked as domestic servants said they were used as sex slaves and forced to work with meager payment.
Later on the government decided to suspend a quarter of private recruitment agencies in a bid to crack down human trafficking
There are 300 job agencies in Tanzania, according to the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Youth Development, with Tanzanian housemaids particularly popular in Oman due to historic links.
The International Labor Organization estimates there are 21 million people globally in forced labour or trafficked, including 5.5 million children.
Tanzania's 2008 Anti-Trafficking in Person Act outlaws all trafficking with punishments of one to 10 years in jail, a fine of 1-30 million Tanzanian shillings, or both.