n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Problems surrounding the combating of women and child trafficking in Southern and South Africa

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



This article has its origin in local, national, regional and international problems surrounding human trafficking. It gives a global overview of some of the problems surrounding the trafficking in women and children in South Africa and its neighbouring states. Source material was obtained through local libraries and resource centres, international and South African internet search agencies and Molo Songololo's (a child rights organisation based in Cape Town) inhouse's collection of materials. Information was also obtained through personal correspondence with researchers attached to academic institutions and private organisations.

The results of the investigation clearly point out that South Africa is a source, transit and destination country for trafficked women and children. Women and children are trafficked from our neighbouring countries into South Africa. The problems surrounding the combating of women and child trafficking are in their nature short term and long term orientated. Aspects such as the paucity of data, absence of a legal framework and legislation, law enforcers' knowledge about legislation, a lack of urgency to finalise legislation on human trafficking and police corruption are problems which could be solved immediately. Poor socio-economic conditions and especially poverty and unemployment remains problematic and will still continue to make women and children at risk for human trafficking. Children's vulnerability to human trafficking is further increased by the HIV / AIDS pandemic.

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