Tuesday World Day against Trafficking in Persons is observed around the world.
A US Department of Trafficking in Persons report ranked South Africa on its 2tier Watch List.
The department says South Africa does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking.
Bongani Bingwa chats to Unisa Department of Police Practice researcher Marcel van der Watt.
Vulnerability is the common denominator and I have worked with victims of trafficking from all levels. Anybody can be vulnerable to this crime.— Marcel van der Watt, Researcher - Unisa Department of Police Practice
He says when we look at the Trafficking Act, there are different ways to traffick people.
The different ways include force, deceit and cohesion. What we see a lot in South Africa is the abuse of a position of vulnerability. This is when somebody submits to any form of abuse because they believe they have no option but to submit.— Marcel van der Watt, Researcher - Unisa Department of Police Practice
Listen below to the full interview: