2018-05-22 06:00
PHOTO: FEVER REPORTERHillcrest SAPS Communications Officer Captain Linzi Smith.

PHOTO: FEVER REPORTERHillcrest SAPS Communications Officer Captain Linzi Smith.

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“It can be defined as — the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them. Human trafficking knows no boundaries, it is both an international and domestic problem and it affects, in varying degrees, both males and females. People who are often targeted by criminals are desperate and poor people who aspire for a better life. Human trafficking can be committed by a sole individual, partners or by different actors in an organised fashion.”

Mansfield said that human trafficking is ranked second in the criminal industry after drug trafficking and arms trafficking.

“It is regarded as a profit making and lucrative business for criminal syndicates. It knows no borders and operates internationally and locally. Due to its clandestine and complex nature, it is difficult to detect. Therefore, reliable statistics on the magnitude of the problem are difficult to ascertain.

“One of the organisation’s immediate goals is to expand the awareness campaigns to schools and tertiary institutions, communities and religious sectors as a preventative measure to potential victims of human trafficking.”

“For further information on human trafficking, or wishing to support human trafficking programmes e-mail

Elements of human trafficking can be seen in three constituent elements

The Act (what is done)

Recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons.

The Means (how it is done)

Threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, or giving payments or benefits to a person in control of the victim.

The Purpose (hhy it is done)

For the purpose of exploitation, which includes exploiting the prostitution of others, sexual exploitation, forced labour, slavery or similar practices and the removal of organs.


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