Opinion: Do we have the capacity to put an end to human trafficking in SA?

The Hawks have been requested to help investigate an alleged human trafficking ring in Gauteng, after a 19-year-old man escaped a trafficking den in Johannesburg.

The man alerted the police about 24 young women and men apparently being detained at a house in the city, where they had been drugged, raped and assaulted.

He says he and his twin sister were paid to travel to Johannesburg from their Kroonstad home in the Free State after showing interest in a social media advert calling on potential students to attend a medical school in Gauteng.

In light of the incident 702's Xolani Gwala asks if the country has sufficient capacity and laws in place to put an end to trafficking.

One topic that has been in the public discourse for a very long time is human trafficking, in the run up to 2010 there were concerns that we do not have the necessary checks and balances in place to ensure that there is not much human trafficking happening in our country, but we didn't really do anything afterwards about it....

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast anchor

READ: I don't feel like I'm still my mothers little girl - human trafficking survivor

There is a lot of human trafficking taking place internally... do we have the police units that are able to deal with this and put to an end this brutal abuse of people who are desperately looking for jobs and being used for human trafficking? As things stand I doubt that we know how to deal with these issues.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast anchor

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