The child trafficking motion brought before the Gauteng Legislature by the DA was supported unanimously by all political parties in attendance.
This is great victory, as human trafficking is one of the fastest growing illegal activities in the world today generating more than $150 billion every year.
Through force, fraud, and coercion, people across South Africa are being bought and sold against their will and sometimes without their knowledge. Most victims don’t even know that they are victims of a crime.
Occasionally people are trafficked onward to foreign destinations for sexual exploitation. Sometimes they are trafficked inter-provincially or even between municipalities and towns.
Today, the Department of Home Affairs has revealed that a syndicate, most likely operating with officials within that department has been prevented from exporting as many as 15 young South Africans at OR Tambo International Airport.
The DA tabled this child trafficking motion in the Legislature, not only to highlight the severity of this heinous crime – but also to stir law enforcement agencies and other relevant departments to action.
It is also our belief that organisations, such as Kaleideo which is now an affiliate of A21 and Tshwane Home of Hope – who do so much in the fight against human trafficking, are recognised and supported by this administration.
Can you imagine the fear and agony a young child undergoes, not knowing if they will ever see their loved ones again? The physical and mental abuse that all of the victims of these crimes endure leave scars that may never heal.
No one deserves a future as bleak as the one faced by a victim of human trafficking.
Refiloe Nt’sekhe MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Social Development
060 558 8297
DA Economic Cluster Manager
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