Human Trafficking of Children a Concern
Categories: HEADLINES, Crime & Corruption
What is of particular concern is that reports indicate that children as young as 9 years old are being trafficked in and out of the country and later used as sex slaves. Human trafficking is fast becoming a well organised crime syndicate that uses deceptive methods to lure victims.
Victims are usually promised employment or a better life that never materialises.
The DA notes with concern the reports that indicate that South Africa continues to be a hub of criminal activity for Human trafficking.
As a member of the Standing Committee on Community Development in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, I have written to the minister of Social Development in the Western Cape, Albert Fritz, to inquire how many people have been convicted for human trafficking violations in the Western Cape and how many of those trafficked were Children. Furthermore, I have inquired what measures are in place to ensure that those children, if any, are reunited with their families.
In 2015, Pres. Zuma signed the new Prevention and Combating of trafficking in Persons Act, 2013 (Act No. 7 of 2013) into law. The law is aimed at dealing comprehensively with human trafficking in all its various forms and it provides for the protection of and assistance to victims of trafficking. We acknowledge that the Department of Social Development in the Western Cape renders a number of services to victims of human trafficking and has allocated R14 million for shelter services.
A round table discussion with NPOs and other stakeholders will be held in the legislature in the upcoming weeks. The aim is to get a better understanding of human trafficking and sex work in the Western Cape in an effort to deal with the challenges facing trafficked persons and those forced to work as sex workers thereafter. Furthermore, the discussion will also focus on identifying preventative measures that can be put in place to ensure that human trafficking in the Western Cape is halted.
We urge all communities to be vigilant about their children’s whereabouts at all times and ensure that they report any suspicious looking individuals to the relevant community safety personnel.
Daylin Mitchell MPP
Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament
DA Constituency Head for Laingsburg