Primary Author: Noko Katlego Makhwiting
Secondary Author: Karabo Mufiri
Secondary Author: Phillimon Sefake
Human trafficking is defined as the action of illegally transporting people from one country to another, typically for the purpose of forced labour and sexual exploitation.it is a crime against the person since it violates the victim’s rights of movement.
South Africa is a source, a transit and a destination country for victims of human trafficking. One thing people should know about traffickers is that they do not fit a single profile, you can’t spot them from a distance, traffickers range from total strangers to relatives, one may ask how can a relative traffic you, hey!! money is the root of all evil, these people get paid lots of money to bring the victims.
Statistics shows that over half of the world’s 215 million young workers are observed to be in hazardous sectors, including forced sex work and forced street begging. Human trafficking is the third largest crime industry in the world.
The world statistics has shown a high increase in crime activities relating to human trafficking as they illegally transport them in cargos and the question might still lie in the fact that “how” but that’s just a mysterious question that will require high standards of detective skill to unfold such intel.
Human trafficking has played a major role in the outrageous misfortune of the growth of the country as the captive of such people traumatize the whole nation at large by acknowledging them that their safety is listed even around their hometown street . The state protection of our country should actually play a big role in making sure that such issues decreases or even cease to happen through organization of police forum raids that would watch out the streets on a daily basis for the safety of everyone considered as a citizen of a country at large.
A high percentage of the victims are women and children, they are often used as sex slaves and boys also fall victim too, they are used for street vending of drugs, agricultural work and other forms of labour. One may ask how these people fall victim, well, that is very easy, for instance kids, kids are easily convinced, someone can just come with candy or ice cream and most kids without even looking back they will just follow that person and just like that, they will be gone, which makes it very important for parents to teach their kids at an early age about the dangers of talking to strangers and accepting things from them. As you all know, South Africa is one of the countries with the highest number of HIV/AIDS victims.
Most kids lost their parents to this virus and are left all alone to take care of their siblings, so if someone comes along and convince them that if they leave together, they will make their lives better by giving them money and all those, obviously given the situation they will not hesitate. Lastly our dear sisters,go to clubs and tarvens,mind you they do not have money, they go there with the aim of being bought booze by other men, men they do not even know, men whom they won’t mind having sex with as a repayment for the drinks, and just like that, they will make the trafficker’s jobs very easy
The world we live in is so wicked, people are living like animals in the jungle and the law of the jungle says, ” only the fittest ones could survive.” That’s true poverty and hunger is the reason why people sell their relatives into slavery.
We have different types of human trafficking you should know about and you should educate others as well.
* Trafficking of children– commercial sexual exploitation of children can take many form, including forcing a child into prostitution or other forms of sexual activity or child pornography
Traffickers of children may take advantage of the parents, extreme poverty. Parents may sell children to traffickers in order to pay off debts or gain income, or they may be deceived concerning the prospects of training and a better life for their children.
* Sex trafficking
* Forced marriage
* Labour trafficking
* Trafficking for organ trade
– trafficking for organ trade often seeks kidneys. Trafficking in organs is a lucrative trade because in many countries the waiting lists for patients who needs transplants are very long.
This world is like a lion that growls at it’s prey, ready to capture one, let us be careful, very careful.
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