Mzansi Afrika

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Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Human Trafficking in SA

Sapa reports that trafficking in humans is the third most lucrative crime in South Africa next to drugs and weapons

"At least 500 organised gangs are involved, and researchers have found that trafficking has brought children into prostitution and debt bondage. Mozambican women have been sold as wives and domestic labourers to mineworkers, babies are trafficked for adoption and people are trafficked for ritual muti killings.

South Africa is also a destination country for women and children from Kenya, Latvia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Taiwan, Thailand, Romania, Russia and Zambia. It is a country of origin for Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union, said a statement from Shared Hope International, a non--governmental organisation (NGO).

The most affected include:

* children from Lesotho where thousands of children have lost their caregivers to HIV/Aids;
* women and girls from Mozambique and Malawi;
* Thai, Chinese, and Eastern Europeans; and
* South African children kidnapped or taken into gangs."


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