SA Government to toughen up against Human Trafficking

Original post: SABC.co.za, Monday 3 December 2012 07:54

Human trafficking has become prevalent in South Africa and the Department of Justice is looking at putting in place legislation that will tackle the rising trend in the country.

The Justice department looks into passing legislation addressing Human Trafficking

The Department of Justice’s Kamogelo Makubu-Wildred says the absence of such a legislation has made it possible for this kind of activity to manifest and thrive in most parts of the country, namely Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Gauteng with Free State having a highest number of prosecuted cases of human trafficking.

Makubu-Wildred says she does not know when the Bill will eventually be passed, but is hopeful that Law makers and Parliamentarians are working very hard on the matter.  Edited By Molebogeng Sebidi

Click here for Makubu-Wildred’s interview (Human trafficking) on Morning Live

 
 
Original article

New Trafficking Trend in South Africa

Asia to Africa through the fishing industry…

South Africa, being a country with multiple port cities, sees the literal traffic of fishing vessels carrying men from places like Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia. These men often come from vulnerable regions of their homeland, and are then exploited and trafficked for labor. Recruiters in their own country deceive them with hopes of a decent job. Not For Sale South Africa is determined to be a role player in the assisting and problem solving of this issue in South Africa, as it has recently become a notable trend.

                                        

 

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International Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report released

via CNN Freedom Project (follow link for video responses)

“Victims are not statistics … They are people with hopes, with dreams, with courage … With names. Remember their names.” – Somaly Mam

The annual Trafficking in Persons Report – the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts – was published Tuesday by the U.S. State Department.

It identifies countries that the U.S. says meet minimum standards of anti-trafficking efforts, countries working towards them and countries that appear to be doing little to stop trafficking.

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Read Report in full – includes downloadable PDF files

File containing South African information (p.315-317)

The report is compiled with the help of U.S. embassies, non-governmental organizations, aid groups and individuals around the world.

It also counts known cases of human trafficking in more than 175 countries, whether for commercial sex, bonded labor, child labor, involuntary domestic servitude or child soldiers. And it tracks new legislation, prosecutions and convictions.

Each country is put into one of four grades – Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier Two Watch and Tier Three. Tier 1 is achieved by reaching minimum anti-trafficking standards and it does not highlight countries doing above and beyond the minimum.

For the first time in 11 years Myanmar has been promoted from Tier 3 to Tier 2 Watch. The report says Myanmar is primarily a source country for trafficking to other Asia countries, but there are still significant domestic trafficking problems and children can be conscripted into the national army.

It recommends Myanmar demobilizes child soldiers and focus more attention on domestic sex trafficking of women and children.

The Czech Republic -the only country last year to slip out of the top-rank – regained its Tier 1 status having introduced a series of anti-trafficking laws and securing successful trafficking convictions.

Iceland, Israel and Nicaragua were also promoted to Tier 1.

Portugal, however, was downgraded to Tier 2 because while new laws and initiatives were introduced, there was no evidence it was leading to prison sentences for the majority of convicted traffickers.

Nigeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina also fell out of the top-ranked countries

Kenya was downgraded to Tier 2 Watch because it did not show evidence of increasing efforts to combat human trafficking.

Syria – with its ongoing violent conflict – was the only country relegated into Tier 3. The report said the lack of security made it difficult to check anti-trafficking measures.

Before the unrest Syria was primarily a destination country for trafficked women and children. The report found the unrest had put more people at risk from traffickers, particularly vulnerable segments of the population like Iraqi refugees.

The Tip Report’s ranking system is largely dependent on the amount of work being done by the national government rather than non-government or international organizations.

Tier 1 ranking indicates a government has acknowledged the existence of human trafficking, has made efforts to address the problem, and meets minimum standards.

Tier 2 is countries whose governments do not fully comply with minimum standards but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance.

Tier 2 watch is countries where governments do not fully meet minimum standards, and although they may be making significant efforts the country has a particularly large number of victims, or is not providing evidence of its efforts

Tier 3 is countries that do not fully comply with minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so. Tier 3 countries face the possibility of US sanctions because of their poor human trafficking record.

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Child sex-workers: Efforts to trace parents

Original article: http://www.news24.com (19/02/2012)

The KwaZulu-Natal police say they have yet to trace the families of some of the 16 child sex-workers rescued in Durban last week.

Spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge said on Sunday authorities had managed to track down some of the girls’ parents, but  that finding the remaining families “would not be an overnight exercise, because the girls came from different parts of the country”.

“The investigators have allowed the girls to undergo a debriefing session after which they will be filing sworn statements. Only then will re-introduction with families occur,” he added.

The girls, eight of whom were minors, were used as drug mules and prostitutes, and were under the influence of drugs when they were rescued.

They were due to be shipped out of South Africa from Durban.

Four people have been arrested.

The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for social development, Weziwe Thusi, commended the police on the arrests.

“We must fight the existence of child trafficking and prostitution rings because they attack the very core of our existence. I would like to call on communities to assist the police in fighting this scourge,” Thusi said.

– SAPA

Anti-Trafficking Protest – Cape Town, Wednesday 21 September 2011

There is currently no law which officially declares human trafficking illegal in South Africa. The result of this is that government and law enforcement cannot effectively counteract trafficking in our country. Trafficking as a criminal offence cannot be documented and no accurate statistics can be released regarding this crime. And what’s more, this gives room for many to claim that trafficking rarely happens! Our children and women are being enslaved and to a point our hands are tied and we cannot help them. We now have the opportunity to act. And guys, let’s not let the women fight this fight alone because they are mainly the victims, let us join them as the men of South Africa and take a stand for justice.

See below the arrangements as organised by Errol Naidoo, Family Policy Institute – South Africa:

We have received permission for the planned Anti-Trafficking Protest outside the main gates of Parliament in Plein Street, Cape Town on Wednesday 21 September between 10h00 – 14h00.

Mr Luwellyn Landers, the Chairperson of the Justice Portfolio Committee in Parliament has agreed to receive our Memorandum at the demonstration on Wednesday. The Anti-Trafficking Bill is currently stuck in the  Justice Portfolio Committee and it is significant that the Chairperson will attend the demonstration.

Peter-John Pearson from the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (just behind the large Catholic Church cnr Roeland & Plein Streets) agreed to let the ladies use the changing rooms and two other rooms in the office complex just opposite the gates of Parliament on Wednesday morning. We can all meet outside the Catholic Church on the corner of Roeland & Plein Streets on Wednesday morning at 09h00. Some of the ladies can change in the Catholic Church Office and some in my office if need be. I will organise the posters, chains and handcuffs we will use as props for the demonstration.

Besides the 40 ladies, we need at least 10 men to hold the posters. We will also need some people that can help with the make-up. The women must look battered and bruised. All the ladies have to arrange their own costumes – torn, tattered and soiled garments. I will write the Memorandum later this week and email to all for your approval. I will also draft a press statement for the media.

God bless Errol Naidoo

Contact Mr Naidoo for more information on how you can participate.

News on the Bill:

Dear Friends,

I know that many of you are interested in the progress of the proposed Bill, as it is going to make such a significant impact on our work, being able to identify by law the perpetrators and victims of Human Trafficking. We will be able to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators and more easily rescue and assist the victims.

At Parliament in Cape Town the Honourable Members of the Justice and Constitutional Development Parliamentary Committee, tasked with the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill, are working their way through the Bill.

In one of the recent sessions it was highlighted that the “intention of the legislators must be to assist the NPA and AFU in bringing prosecutions more easily”.

By estimation the Committee has to date reviewed about 80% of the working draft of the bill, and they have been working through the list of ‘further information required’. Attached is the latest version of the Bill as well as the minutes from the most recent Deliberations. 

Some departments have been proactive and are working purposefully towards making sure that the bill will contain the correct information and on how to implement the bill according to what will be expected of them. DSD for example have had workshops in every province, to develop standards and procedures for working with trafficked victims.

Unfortunately, other departments have only recently realized that they will have to act on the Bill when it is passed, such as Home Affairs who now want to have a say regarding temporary visas and asylum for victims. The Committee is awaiting their input.

Still it seems that there is much arguing and complaining about procedures, lack of good communication, and administration problems. It seems that all parties were not working from the same version of the bill for a period of time. If you believe in the power of prayer, these would be good things to pray about. God loves bringing order out of chaos and it seems like this is much needed.

There is still debate going on regarding the definition of trafficking. This definition is imperative and we hope that the NPA will stand by the definition that will enable the most effective capture and prosecution of all perpetrators for all kinds of trafficking.

The Justice and Constitutional Development Committee’s portfolio consists of a number of Bills. The most important one at the moment seems to be that of ‘State Liability’ and had a definite constitutional court deadline of 31 August. It seems that although the other Bills in the portfolio would progress, only the ‘State Liability’ one would be completed this year.

As it stands, the time that the committee has allocated to completing the Bill is becoming less and less as the other priorities take over, and the time that is available could be used more effectively. However it seems that a strong concerted effort could still see the Bill passed this year.