n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - A policing perspective on the investigation challenges of child trafficking in South Africa




The first of July 2007 can be regarded as an important milestone for the children of South Africa. It was on this date that a proclamation was signed by the President of South Africa on the commencement of certain sections of the new Children's Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005). For the first time in South African history, trafficking in children under 18 years of age is criminalized, and offenders contravening this new law can be investigated and prosecuted.

The South African Police Service will play a vital role in the investigation and combating of child trafficking. This article will therefore focus on the challenges that the police will face with regard to the implementation of this new law on child trafficking and the investigation and combating of the crime. Human trafficking in general has become a popular topic amongst researchers worldwide. However, almost no research has been done on the complexities and problems involved in the investigation of child trafficking cases. Content analysis provided specific findings that contributed to practical actions and implications. This study will make practical recommendations on how the police should deal with child trafficking investigations to ensure effective implementation of the law. An inquiry based on primary source interviews and a literature study will provide in-depth insight and knowledge on how the police consider implementing this new law.


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