n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - The coming crime wave? Aids, orphans and crime in South Africa : legal issues

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



Crime levels in South Africa are likely to increase over the next two decades because of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The epidemic will result in an unprecedented increase in the country's orphan population. Growing up without parents, and badly supervised by relatives and welfare organisations, this growing pool of orphans will be at greater than average risk of engaging in criminal activity. Many orphans will also be vulnerable to victimisation.

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