n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Human trafficking as an organised crime in South Africa : pre-, during and post Soccer World Cup 2010

Volume 24, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Human trafficking, despite the international culture of human rights, is increasing worldwide. Big events, such as the Olympic Games and the Soccer World Cup are labeled as fruitful opportunities for human traffickers. This article analyses human trafficking within the context of organised crime in South Africa and looks at the potential for human trafficking with the backdrop of the Soccer World Cup of 2010 in South Africa. It is based on a study of some big events that took place elsewhere in the world. It also looks at post-Soccer World Cup trafficking and how to curb this crime in the future. Unfortunately, due to the lack of specific legislation to deal with human trafficking, the real picture of human trafficking in South Africa prior and during the Soccer World Cup 2010 may never fully emerge. In this regard, this article is contextual and not post facto, as the facts will come in bits and pieces over a long time. Some studies (See Gould and Richter, 2010; IANS. 2010) conducted of sex workers (some pre-, during and post-World Soccer Cup 2010) were also analysed to bring human trafficking into context of the article. Due to the lack of a dedicated Act to deal with human trafficking, we may never know what happened prior, during and immediately after the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

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