Human-trafficking hotline launched

2010-01-27 12:46

FEARS of increased human trafficking during the Fifa World Cup have

prompted the Salvation Army to launch a toll-free hotline aimed at helping

people trafficked into the country.

Major Marike Venter, national co-ordinator of the Salvation Army

anti-trafficking task team, said: “We don’t want to create a hype around 2010

but we fear human trafficking will increase for purposes of commercial sex


The number – 0800-RESCUE or 0800-737283 – is expected to operate 24

hours a day.

Brian Adams of Herd, the organisation running the tollfree line for

the Salvation Army, said that callers could be addressed in eight South African

languages but there was no capacity to introduce languages like Portuguese,

French and Swahili – languages mainly spoken in other African countries.

The tollfree number was for victims of human trafficking to report

their cases and also for those wishing to report incidents of human


Venter said the Salvation Army had consulted with government and

the SA Police Service in setting up the line.

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