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Zambia: Ineffective Law Enforcement Weakens Child Protection Enforcement

(July 2, 2008) AFP reported on June 18, 2008, that Catherine Namugala, Zambia's Minister of Community Development and Social Services, has blamed the failure of child protection efforts in Zambia on “weak legislation.” Namugala declared that the government intends to “review child-related” laws to make them more effective. (Weak Legislation Hinders Child Protection Efforts, AFP, June 18, 2008, Open Source Center No. AFP20080618567004.) The U.S. State Department's 2007 COUNTRY REPORTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS PRACTICES, in its section on Zambia, appears to put the blame on law enforcement. The report indicates that implementation of laws against prostitution, pornography, and sexual exploitation of children was ineffective. According to the report, the enforcement of laws against pornography and the sexual exploitation of children in the year 2007 was sporadic. (U.S. Department of State, Zambia, COUNTRY REPORTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS PRACTICES (2007), Mar. 11, 2008, available at