President Jacob Zuma has recently signed a Prevention and Combatting of Trafficking in Persons Act, into law. The law is aimed at discouraging human trafficking in all its various forms: sexual trafficking, child labour as well as the traditional ukuthwala (forced marriage).
The Act also enables the state to prosecute traffickers and confiscate their assets. In addition, it will provide mechanisms to the Department of Social Development in the eradication of “latter-day” slavery.
Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, John Jeffery explained to 702’s Azania Mosaka measures put in place for the success of this law, in a stop to the modern day slavery.
Child victims of trafficking will fall under all the protective measures of the Children’s Act, whilst organizations that provide services to adult victims must be accredited and must comply with certain norms and standards and must offer specific programmes to victims of trafficking.— John Jeffery
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