SAFETY TIPS.

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“Ques­tion ev­ery­thing. Any­thing that seems too good to be true could get you into trou­ble. What­ever job you’re ap­ply­ing for – make sure you have all the in­for­ma­tion on the com­pany, es­pe­cially if it’s out of the coun­try. Make sure some­body knows where you are at any given time,” Ots ad­vises.

Tips from the Sal­va­tion Army in­clude: trav­el­ling with con­tacts and an emer­gency plan – carry the num­ber of your em­bassy in the coun­try you’re trav­el­ling to and in­form them when you ar­rive; pro­vide fam­ily mem­bers with all your con­tacts and have them call your em­bassy, IOM or the po­lice on your be­half should they not reach you. Travel with a copy of your pass­port and do not give your pass­port to any­one. And know your rights no one has the right to force you to do some­thing or to keep you against your will. You may be in ‘debt’ to your traf­ficker, but it’s not a le­gal debt.

“Be vig­i­lant. Do not trust any friendly strangers, es­pe­cially around your chil­dren. In Cape Town peo­ple have started of­fer­ing hand­shakes that are smeared with drugs,” Groot­boom warns.

The South African Na­tional Hu­man Traf­fick­ing Re­source Line is 0800 222 777.

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