human trafficking

Ethiopian Women Fear Human Trafficking

Women in Ethiopia live under constant fear of violence, illness, hunger and poverty but they are now also facing a new threat - human trafficking, according to veteran women's rights campaigner Bogaletch Gebre.

Although a state-led industrial drive has transformed Ethiopia into one of Africa's fastest-growing economies, a third of its 99 million citizens still survive on less than $1.90 a day - the World Bank's measure of extreme poverty.

NGOs Find Filipinos Among Trafficked Fishermen

In one of Africa’s largest ports, in Cape Town, South Africa, many boats come for fuel and repairs.
 
Many of the fishermen on these boats are from Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, and they are victims of abuse and forced labour.
 
Dane Duplessis, chaplain with the charity Biblia, a South African Christian non-governmental organisation, found six Filipinos, including Alex (surname withheld), a 32-year old Filipino who told him about their plight.
 

Drug Mules Victims of Human Trafficking

The United Nations (UN) states that individuals who are coerced into international drug smuggling should be considered victims of human trafficking.
 
South African citizens; Thando Pendu and Babsie Nobanda; are serving sentences in a Thai prison for drug smuggling - a crime they insist they were forced to commit.
 
According to the criteria for human trafficking identified by the UN and the International Organisation for Migration, these two should be classified as victims of human trafficking.
 

Activists to Station in Mbombela

In an effort to combat cross-border human and drug trafficking, a group of Gauteng-based activists will soon be operating in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.

National non-governmental organisation (NGO), Asilweni Cleaning Streets, seeks to help victims of human trafficking through a series of awareness campaigns around the Lowveld.

The organisation’s the NGO’s founding chairperson, Cherlyn Tshabangu, points out that, “Mbombela is close to the border and prone to more trafficking of children from South Africa to Mozambique and vice versa.”

SACBC CPLO: The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report

On 27th June, 2017, the American Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, released the US’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report. On that occasion he said:

“Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues in our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security. But most of all the crime robs human beings of their freedom and dignity. That is why we must put an end to the scourge of human trafficking.”

Namibia Takes Human Rights Lightly – UN

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has slammed the Namibian government for taking the issue of human trafficking in the country too lightly, saying laws against the crime are not being enforced.

The condemnation comes after the presentation of Namibia's sixth report on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to the committee in Geneva a few weeks ago.

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