- Less than 1% of human trafficking victims rescued in SA – IOL 21 December 2020
“It must be emphasized that the essence of trafficking is the forced exploitation of individuals by those in the position to exert power over them. More needs to be done. Many people still do not know what trafficking is, or do not care. We are working to change that, at every level of society,” Dearnley said.
- Human Trafficking: Biggest arrests in South Africa – IOL 7 December 2020
South Africa is classified as a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking, with more than 53% of the population vulnerable to the $150 billion (about R2.3 trillion) industry.
- Verulam father found guilty of rape, human trafficking stepdaughter – IOL 7 December 2020
A Verulam man who repeatedly raped his stepdaughter over a period of about 18 months and regularly trafficked her out to others, has been found guilty.
- Woman allegedly kidnapped infant nephew and tricked teen relative into prostitution – IOL 9 December 2020
The child was missing for 10 months until the woman was arrested after being found with the wanted baby at one of Ekurhuleni’ municipality’s offices last week.
- Women, girls top of human-trafficking list – Pretoria Rekord December 2020
“Most victims are trafficked within their country’s borders and those trafficked abroad are moved to the riches countries.”
- Free State teenager due in court for human trafficking – Algoa FM 5 December 2020
A Free State teenager will appear in court on Monday on a charge of human trafficking for allegedly soliciting the kidnapping of two 15-year-old girls.
- The Top 5 human trafficking hotspots worldwide – IOL 5 December 2020
A report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) reveals that globally, the trade brings criminals $150 billion annually ( R2 trillion)
- 155 000 victims of modern slavery in SA – IOL 4 December 2020
- WATCH: The vicious cycle between human trafficking and drugs – IOL 1 December 2020
Narcotics have proven to play many crucial roles in the illegal industry such as the smuggling of drugs across borders, being used as a tool to lure vulnerable victims or to maintain control of victims by rewarding an established addiction once they are hooked and even used as punishment.
- WATCH: Undeniable link between pornography and human trafficking, says activist – IOL 26 November 2020
“Victims are often trafficked into the pornography industry. Trafficked women and children are shown pornography videos and are told to emulate them,”
- Pornhub is owned by a mysterious businessman, according to a new report – Business Insider 20 December 2020
PornHub has long faced scrutiny for not doing enough to remove sex trafficking content and child pornography. Former content moderators at MindGeek recently told Business Insider the firm let questionable videos live on the site. “Our job was to find weird excuses to keep videos on our sites,” a moderator said.
- Human trafficking in SA continuing despite coronavirus, says Interpol – IOL 25 November 2020
Despite travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock says the land route for human trafficking from the Horn of Africa to South Africa continues to show signs of worrying activity.
- WATCH: ’Witchcraft’ is fuelling human trafficking, says NGO – IOL 30 November 2020
“Children are isolated or even rejected from their family and community, end up living on the streets, become victims of different forms of trafficking, suffer from physical and mental health problems and trauma due to the abuses they have experienced,” said UN Special Rapporteur Phillip Alston.
- The reality of human trafficking – IOL 26 September 2020
Researchers said they had seen many different forms of exploitation in South Africa, from forced labour on farms, fishing trawlers, and in domestic servitude to sexual exploitation on the streets and behind closed doors in illegal brothels.
- [WATCH VIDEO] Spotlight on human trafficking in Amanzimtoti – Sun Coast Sun 30 September 2020
The 2020 trafficking in persons report confirms that Durban and surrounds is both a recruitment hub, as well as a destination point for the exploitation of men, women, and children. “I cannot comment on whether human trafficking as a singular crime is rife in our area, as trafficking in persons is often a ‘hidden crime’, occurring in conjunction with illicit activities such as drug abuse, prostitution, brothels and other organised crime, as well as in the informal sectors and unregulated sectors.”
- Human trafficking in South Africa: Are the Constitutional Court and public being misled? – Daily Maverick 11 October 2020
How you can help the fight against Human Trafficking
- Seven ways you can help fight human trafficking – IOL 22 December 2020
Anyone can join in the fight against human trafficking, so here are seven ideas to consider acting on.