Department of Justice puts new measures in place to combat human trafficking

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has launched a new data tool that it says will help integrate efforts to combat human trafficking.

It's aimed at ensuring that the criminal justice system is effective in prosecuting the criminals, and protecting the victims.

Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, John Jeffery says while there are anecdotal stories of people being trafficked, not many reach the criminal justice system, which makes these cases difficult to prosecute.

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We are trying to address it by improving data collection mechanisms. But the key issue is that people who have knowledge of human trafficking need to report to the law enforcement agents so that it can be investigated.

John Jeffery, Deputy minister - Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

It is a private crime, surreptitiously getting people in a position of human slavery, and the kind of crime that would be difficult to report.

John Jeffery, Deputy minister - Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Jeffery explains how the new data tool will be used to prevent human trafficking.

It sets out what everybody should be doing.

John Jeffery, Deputy minister - Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

It deals with aspects relating to implementation as well as monitoring the performance, to ensure that we are implementing to the extent that we should be doing.

John Jeffery, Deputy minister - Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

For more information on the data tool visit the Department of Justice website.

To hear more from the deputy minister, listen below:


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