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Trafficking in South Africa

Between 28,000 to 38,000 Children are currently being prostituted in South Africa (National Centre for Justice and Rule of Law).

Victims are often recruited from rural areas or informal settlements and transported to the urban centres of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Durban. (International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Report on Internal Trafficking in South Africa).

Boys under eighteen are increasingly lured into sexual exploitation and used for pornography. (IOM).

West African crime syndicates operate in Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein and traffick local, black South African females into the sex trade. (IOM).

The Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and Limpopo are the main “recruitment” areas for victims of trafficking. (IOM, US Research report, Die Burger).

 

Trafficking involves the victim being:

Tricked – seduced, or deceived.

Transported – to another city, or across borders to other countries.

Trapped - possibly by physical force, or by being drugged into submission, or by death threats and removal of passports.

Used - exploited, usually for the purposes of humiliating sexual acts.

 

“Sometimes girls are told there are good jobs in the city.”

Women of all ages are promised good jobs by traffickers away from their homes. Often it is friends and even family members, who offer to pay for the travelling costs, passports and accommodation. The community allows the trafficker to take these girls because they think it is a good opportunity for them. The traffickers also promise nice clothes, jewellery and expensive gifts. Some traffickers put adverts in newspapers promising good jobs, training and accommodation. The opportunity offered to the girls does not exist and they are tricked.

 

“When they get to the city, their ID documents are taken from them.

When a girl arrives at the new job, the trafficker asks her to give her ID, or passport, for safe keeping. The girl thinks it is the right thing to do. If the girl is from another country, she can now not prove that she is legally in the country. She is now without her papers and also doesn't have the job that she was promised. This makes her too scared to go to the police.

 

“These girls are told; you owe us money!”

The trafficker tells the girl that she can make the money by working as a prostitute. If she says she does not want to do it, the trafficker will beat and rape her. The trafficker will even take away food and water. Even if she starts working as a prostitute, the money she makes is never enough to pay back the trafficker.

 

“These girls are told if you tell the police, we will hurt you and your family!”

Sometimes the trafficker tells the girl that they will hurt her family if she tells someone what they are doing. If the girl has a child, the trafficker will keep the child from her and tell her to go to the street and work as a prostitute. The trafficker tells her that if she does not do it, she will never see her child again.

 

“These girls cannot do what they want anymore.”

The trafficker never takes his eye off the girl. The girl is taken everywhere and she cannot be alone. She now has to do everything the trafficker tells her to do. The trafficker makes the girl so scared that she becomes afraid to talk to anyone about the problem she has.

 

“They start taking drugs to forget what is happening to them.”

The life of being a prostitute is very hard. The trafficker gives the girl drugs so that she will do what they tell her to do. She starts taking drugs all the time to take the pain away. Now the girl becomes addicted to drugs.

 

Do you know one of these girls?

Who can I call if I am in danger, or who can I report suspected trafficking incidents to?

National helpline: 0800-222-777.

 

What can I Do to Stop Human Trafficking?

Educate your community on how to avoid being trafficked.

Invite Africa Christian Action (021-689-4480) or STOP Trafficking of People (081-720-7181) to present an anti-trafficking awareness presentation to your school, church, or community group.

 

 

Report Prostitution to the National Freedom Network

The Vice Squad are a unit of the Cape Town Metro Police, tasked specifically with cracking down on the exploitative practice of prostitution. Over the last few years, they have conducted numerous raids on brothels in the Cape Town area and have helped to uncover several cases of trafficking and child prostitution. They have been able to shut down some brothels for not having a business licence. Trafficked victims are taken to shelters and child prostitutes are restored to their families, where appropriate. Prostitution is still illegal in South Africa according to the Sexual Offences Act, although this law is rarely enforced by SA Police. If you suspect that a house in your area may be operating as a brothel, or if streets in your neighbourhood are affected by prostitution (especially if you see girls under the age of 18 being prostituted), please report this to the National Freedom Network Helpline: 0800-222-777.

 

Invite a Speaker

Invite a speaker from Africa Christian Action (021-689-4480), STOP Trafficking of People (081-720-7181), or Straatwerk (021-930-8055) to motivate and mobilise your school, youth group, or congregation to prayer and action on this issue.

 

Volunteer or Support a Shelter

Volunteer at, or support Doctors for Life outreach centre to prostitutes in Durban - Life Place. Contact: 032-481-5550, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , www.doctorsforlife.co.za.

Volunteer at, or support the work of Vileli in Tzaneen, run by Stop Trafficking of People. Vileli is a drop-in centre and skills training programme, which assists people in prostitution to leave the industry. Contact: 081-720-7181, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , www.stoptrafficking.org.za.

 

 

S-Cape run a shelter for victims of trafficking in the Cape Town area. You can support them by volunteering, giving skills training to the residents, or by donating toiletries, cleaning products, or food, such as rice and sugar. Victims receive care and discipleship and, by partnering with other organisations, they will be repatriated, or reintroduced into society. To volunteer at, or support them, contact S-Cape Home: 021-788-8207 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , www.s-cape.org.za.

 

 

For resources for making a difference in your community, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Find them on Facebook here.

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves." Proverbs 31:8

 

Participate in our Women’s Day Outreaches

On Monday, 10 August 2020, Women’s Day, Africa Christian Action will be setting up literature tables in at least three different shopping malls in the Cape Town area. We will be offering free literature from our tables to all interested people, primarily focusing on informing and motivating people to make a difference in stopping human trafficking.

 

 

Cape Town: Volunteers Needed!

Contact us if you would like to get involved in any of the outreaches. We will slot you in at a time that is convenient for you. If possible, join us for a morning, or afternoon shift. The morning shift starts at 9:00am. The afternoon shift starts at 12:00 noon. This is a great opportunity for one-on-one evangelism, discussions and counselling.

 

“Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud.” Proverbs 8:1-3

 

Africa Christian Action

PO Box 23632

Claremont 7735

Cape Town South Africa

Tel: 021-689-4480

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