OUAGADOUGOU, 4 June 2008 (IRIN) – The Burkina Faso government has passed a new law that increases jail terms for traffickers from a maximum of five to 10 years, but child protection experts fear this will not stop child-trafficking, which the ministry of social welfare says is rising.

« The law [passed on 15 May] will do something,” Naba Jérémie Wangré, project manager at the Burkina Faso Red Cross told IRIN, “but punishing the crime is not the whole answer … to combat it you need to commit more resources to it, and that takes political will.”

Since 2000 the police have intercepted 6,000 children thought to have been trafficked in Burkina Faso, according to the ministry of social welfare and national solidarity, which fears a sharp rise in activity. “All provinces of the country are now affected by trafficking,” said Saidou Ouédraogo, director of child protection at the ministry. Read more …