Failed ANC not dealing with human trafficking
Note to editors: The following remarks were made by the Deputy Federal Leader of the Democratic Alliance Women’s Network, Safiyia Stanfley, at the launch of a campaign against trafficking in persons held in Kuruman today. She was joined by the constituency heads for the region, adv. Boitumelo Babuseng and Melinda Hattingh, as well as various DA councillors and activists from the Gamagara and Ga-Segonyana Local Municipalities.
Find attached a soundbite in English, and a photo here.
Human trafficking is an unspeakable crime. It robs them of their freedom and of their future. And it also causes untold heartbreak – not only for the victims, but also their loved ones.
South Africa in general has consistently been identified as a source country, a country of transit and a country of destination for human traffickers. So many people are trafficked within South Africa from different provinces, but are also trafficked from other countries through or into South Africa. Innocent and vulnerable women and children have been exploited and forced into domestic slavery, farm labour and sexual exploitation. It seems that especially young women and teenaged girls are targeted by human traffickers.
It is hard to give exact statistics on the prevalence of human trafficking, because there is no systematic collection or analysis of data on trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants in South Africa. But, just in this month, courts all over the country heard at least five shocking cases relating to human trafficking.
The South Gauteng High Court in Pretoria is dealing with human traffickers who forced victims as young as thirteen and fourteen years old into prostitution. The Durban Magistrate’s Court is handling a matter relating to the disappearance of a nine year old boy, Miguel Louw. In the Port Elizabeth High Court, a Nigerian pastor and two other men are accused of trafficking more than 30 victims to KwaZulu-Natal. And in the Witbank Magistrate’s Court, three men are accused of the kidnapping and murder of two young children from their home in Mpumalanga. One of the victims, a teenaged girl, had albinism and her body was found with some of its parts missing.