Well its no more news that South Africa has in recent years, been having an alarming increase of victims of sexual abuse and child trafficking. These two can now be added to other illegally lucrative business in the country.
Drawing the attention of the public to the increasing rate of this menace, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has issued a report saying statistics has revealed that as many as 100 000 young girls are working in underground sex prisons as sex slaves.
Speaking with much concern over the alarming increase of the crime, the Western Cape’s Spokesperson on Community Development Lorraine Botha MPP said she would submit a parliamentary question to the Minister of Social Development in the Western Cape, Albert Fritz, to determine whether the Department has a programme that pays attention on means of identifying and eradicating all practices of sex hostages and child trafficking in WC
“I will also ask whether the Department has a rehabilitation programme for the victims,”she added.
According to released report, South Africa is a major player in human trafficking as many are trafficked to South Africa from all over the world especially from the poor countries of southern Africa. To worsen the case, children as young as 9 years old are being forced to use their bodies to make money for their masters.
Being a signatory to the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, South Africa is required to address human trafficking as a crime and make it punishable by law but the judicial sector is still unable to deal with those.
It has also been revealed that most of the trafficked sex slaves are mainly from poor regions in Southern Africa and the victims are lured into the country with the promise of employment and a better life.
In some occasions, young girls are promised fake jobs like modelling after which they are forced into a world of sexual slavery, drugs and other illegal activities before they know it.
It is extremely disturbing to learn that so many young women are being treated in this manner,” Botha said. “Many of the victims don’t know that they are to be victimized by this criminality until it is too late,” she added.
The DA therefore urged communities to be vigilant and keep a watchful eye over our children, particularly the girl child.
The report, which took a broad look at child trafficking stated that South African children are subjected to trafficking mainly within the country. It said they are recruited from poor rural areas, brought to and moved between urban centers such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and Bloemfontein.
Young girls are subjected to sex trafficking and domestic servitude while the boys are forced to work in street vending, food service, begging, criminal activities, and agriculture.
However, despite all efforts buy the judiciary to pen down such perpetrators, the South African government is yet to fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking
We are hopeful that the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act (PACOTIP) which was signed by President Jacob Zuma in July 2013 will be fully enacted to curb the societal menace.