Human trafficking bill not ready – DA

daJOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has criticised the progress of the implementation of the new Trafficking in Persons Bill, stating that only some of its key elements would be in place for the World Cup.

Natasha Michael MP, DA Shadow Deputy of Justice and Constitutional Development, reported that the current legislation dealt with human trafficking as a crime, but did not deal with the trafficking of adults for purposes other than sexual exploitation; the prevention of human trafficking or the protection of victims of human trafficking. The new Bill however dealt with all of these, she said.

Michael stated that up to date statistics were vital and that there was an urgent need for national level data and information management systems. She indicated that the Democratic Alliance would be taking the matter up further with the Chair of the Portfolio Committee on Justice.

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