Human trafficking is a criminal offence
Human trafficking is a global criminal offence that affects countless victims.
Perpetrators use various methods to lure their victims, including offers of employment.
Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJ&CD) State Law Advisor Joseph Mogoshane said community members must visit their closest Department of Labour centre to validate job offers – especially those from outside their province or country.
“Any suspicious conduct by prospective employers or their agents must be reported to the nearest law enforcement agency,” said Mogoshane.
He added that in some human trafficking cases, perpetrators use force and kidnap their victims.
Mogoshane said the Constitution clearly states that no one may be subjected to slavery, servitude or forced labour.
In a bid to fight the scourge of trafficking and give effect to South Africa’s obligation to the United Nations Protocol to
“The Act aims to deal comprehensively
with human trafficking, in all its
Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons - especially women and children - government introduced the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act.
“The Act aims to deal comprehensively with human trafficking, in all its forms, and provides for the protection of and assistance to victims of trafficking,” said Mogoshane.