Human Trafficking awareness Campaign draws Big Response

The Social Development ministry in collaboration with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other various stakeholders recently embarked on a campaign aimed at raising awareness on human trafficking, among communities of Snake Park and surrounds in Soweto. The one day information session at the Doornkop community hall, was intended to amplify the message against the scourge of human trafficking.

South Africa is a primary destination for trafficked persons in the Southern African region and within Africa at large. Speaking during the campaign, Social Development representative, Nico Giwu noted that due to high prevalence of unemployment, women and children are more vulnerable and exposed to human trafficking and sexual offences. ‘Girls are also trafficked from rural to urban areas for sexual exploitation and domestic servitude, while boys are forced to work in street vending, agriculture, mining and criminal activities’, added Giwu.

Human trafficking is believed to be one of the most profitable illegal trade after drugs and weapons. One of the event attendees, kearabilwe Matebesi encouraged community members to join hands in the fight against crime within their communities by reporting any suspicious criminal activities.

The SAPS was represented by Captain HB Mthobebi, who outlined the work that the SAPS is doing in ensuring that the perpetrators of human trafficking are successfully prosecuted.

Thapelo Magola Soweto Sunrise News