PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Kirsten Hornby
 
Comments: 3
Article views: 664
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Kirsten Hornby's badges.
 

Hope for Human Trafficking victims

11 August 2015, 19:00

As of Sunday, 9 August 2015, the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act (7/2013) has come in to operation according to the Government Gazette (No 39078) of 07-August-2015.

It is anticipated that with the commencement of this Act that South Africa will see significantly more cases of human trafficking identified and successfully prosecuted.

Human Trafficking is a serious crime in South Africa. Up until now, the prevalence of the issue could have only been estimated.

The crime, colloquially described as ‘modern day slavery’, now has its severity reflected in our legislation, with sentences being as severe as life imprisonment and / or a fine up to R100 million.

This has been a long awaited move from government since the Act was signed in July 2013.

“With the new legislation, it defines trafficking in persons holistically. It addresses the scourge of trafficking in persons comprehensively. Its definition is in line with the Palermo Protocol.” - NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku.

According to the US Trafficking in Persons Report, released in July 2015, Human Trafficking in South Africa has involved predominantly local victims, which are often recruited from poor rural areas and are transported to urban hubs.

Female victims are mostly subjected to sex trafficking and domestic servitude and males are forced to work in street vending, food service, begging, criminal activities, and agriculture.

In terms of international victims, Thai woman are the largest foreign victim group.

These women, as well as those from many other countries including those just across our borders, are recruited for legitimate work in South Africa, but sometimes then subjected to forced prostitution, domestic servitude, or forced labour in the service sector or taken to Europe for similar purposes.

This legislation will equip the South African Police Service and the National Prosecuting Authority with the ammunition needed to successfully identify victims of trafficking, charge suspected traffickers and build strong cases to ensure successful prosecutions.

More importantly, the Act will serve as a protective structure to ensure victims of Human Trafficking are given the care they need from various government and non-government role players.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Jan Badenhorst
Matric results in less than a mon...

The matric results for the 2017 matric class will be available to students at their schools, in the newspapers and online, on 5 January 2018. Read more...

0 comments 487 views
Submitted by
Tendani Siala
It is all over for NDZ

All things considered I still say an NDZ win will be nothing short of a miracle. But as we all know miracles rarely happen these days. Read more...

0 comments 6647 views
Submitted by
Balt Verhagen
South Africa IS an exceptional Af...

The present mis-rulers who are everywhere on the run had gone out of their way to repeatedly emphasise that we are ‘just another African state’ thereby showing that they are no worse than the others who failed their people.  Read more...

0 comments 832 views
Submitted by
David Rose
Can you read the situation?

The overwhelming majority of parents are not readers. This is not to say that they cannot read, but that they do not read. Reading is a foreign activity for most parents and this does not help their children's literacy. Read more...

0 comments 119 views
Submitted by
Thandisizwe Mgudlwa
Ramaphosa must lead the 'New Deal...

The New Deal would need to focus on crafting a new path after diagnosing the ills and commit all stakeholders to work together towards the most glorious future for all South Africans. Read more...

0 comments 221 views
Submitted by
Jerry Rodrigues
Cristiano Ronaldo: the greatest f...

It was inevitable - a NEW Cristiano Ronaldo bust has been revealed that actually looks like him. Read more...

0 comments 502 views
 

services

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2017 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.