Legislature in SA needs improving to fight human trafficking

While low-level human traffickers have been convicted in South Africa, high-level human trafficking syndicates have never been prosecuted in the country.

This is despite the country being identified as a human trafficking hotspot.

Xolani Gwala spoke to Marcel Van der Watt, Human Traffic Incident Manager at the National Freedom Network.

Van der Watt explains the extent of human trafficking in SA, as well as the challenges faced in dealing with the scourge.

He says there are no reliable statistics at the moment and that legislation needs to be improved.

We have got legislation that was only passed on 9 August 2015, so as a system we are still grappling with how to implement this and prosecute these cases.

Marcel Van der Watt, Human Traffic Incident Manager at the National Freedom Network

A lot of these cases are still being subsumed into charges such as domestic violence, rape, sexual assault. And there is a massive knowledge vacuum in terms of how this problem manifests at grassroots level.

Marcel Van der Watt, Human Traffic Incident Manager at the National Freedom Network

Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffrey will be attending a UN workshop on Monday, alongside law enforcement officials, to address

A number of structures have been set up to coordinate government's response to trafficking, and so the workshop is being organised to streamline and strengthen the trafficking programmes that are in place and ensure uniformity in the inter-departmental application of the act.

Marcel Van der Watt, Human Traffic Incident Manager at the National Freedom Network

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