SA tackles human trafficking

human_traffickingJOHANNESBURG With human trafficking rife at its border with Zimbabwe, South Africa plans to introduce its first law to deal with the problem.

The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development has called for submissions on the new Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill. Submissions will close on August 20.

The new bill seeks to give effect to the United Nations Protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, 2000.

It is also aimed at combating the trafficking in persons within or across the borders of South Africa and to provide for measures to protect and assist such victims.

Women and children fleeing the political and economic problems in Zimbabwe have mostly been the victims over the years, after being lured with the promise of jobs. A high number of theses have been forced into prostitution by a network of human traffickers.

Post published in: Zimbabwe News

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