Hu­man traf­fick­ing is a crim­i­nal offence

Vuk'uzenzele - - Safyeotuyt&h Sfeocursity - Di­neo Mrali and No­luthando Motswai

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

forms.”

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.

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