GBVF and Human Trafficking has been steadily increasing over the past 5 years but more so since Covid-19 Pandemic. The consequence of lockdown being a major economic downturn, which resultantly impacted very negatively on Socio-Economic conditions plundering many into poverty making people vulnerable to the evils of Human Trafficking and GBVF and thus the statistics of these atrocities have spiked since.
GBVF is South Africa’s second Pandemic and in fact, the rest of the world is not far off from this. Domestic Violence has especially increased during the Covid-19 lockdown as frustration and depression levels have maximised. Forced Labour and sex trafficking have increased as Traffickers thrive in situations like the world is experiencing with Covid-19 by preying on peoples vulnerabilities.
In the past month alone, to mention a few amongst many cases of human trafficking. Three weeks ago in Sandton 3 girls were rescued from sex trafficking. They were being held in an apartment after being lured from Upington to Sandton and used for prostitution. Last week a 13-year-old was rescued from sex trafficking too in the Vaal area. She was allegedly kidnapped and about to be sold to a human trafficking syndicate by her step-mother and step-grandmother for R40 million. In East London, 3 weeks ago, a 13-year-old down syndrome girl and a 15-year-old boy was rescued from sex trafficking after their mother sold them to two shop owners in Keiskammahoek. In all these cases perpetrators have been arrested.
Gender-Based Violence cases in the past month to mention a few. Last week, ACT Africa received two calls for help against extreme domestic violence in less than 5 days. In both cases, alcohol was a huge driver and the men after being intoxicated became very abusive towards their wives, threatening to kill them. Last week Thursday a woman was beaten and burnt to death in Walkerville. Two weeks ago in Kwazulu Natal an 11-year-old was allegedly raped by her teacher in the toilet and threatened to be killed if she reported the matter to anyone. Lerato Nkadimeng was brutally murdered by her ex-boyfriend, her funeral was on 6 June 2021.
The Press Conference held at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton on 24 June, highlighted programmes to help men, offered by some of the organisations participating at the International Men’s Gender-Based Violence Conference on 14 August, which aims to address these atrocities by together with the men attending to find tangible solutions to break these cycles and to provide at the conference help for perpetrators and abused to receive the needed help from the various organisations present like NICDAM, SADAG, SANCA, FAN, MADA and Come Back Mission for continued assistance to break the cycle of abuse in their lives.
Police said the mother was aware of the girl’s ordeal. However, she took no action against the perpetrator, and instead, gave the girl R100 from the perpetrator to silence her, the teen was told that she was going to Gauteng to visit a family friend.
“The girl was told that the friend would buy her clothes, a cellphone, and a gold tooth. When she arrived in Johannesburg, she was introduced to some men,”…”At the house, she witnessed this man giving her relative some money…rescued by two girls who knew her from the area where she lived.
“They took her back home. When she arrived home, she was scared to inform anyone what occurred to her. She later formed courage to report the incident at Elandslagte SAPS Police station and charges of human trafficking and rape were opened for investigation”….@actafrica It is inexcusable what this mum did to her daughter. However, this smacks of the desperation of some kind for the Mum to sell her daughter for a meager R100.00.
Human Trafficking is a multibillion-dollar industry, often hovering between being 2nd or 3rd largest income earner worldwide. She could have sold her for way more but settled for a lousy R100.00.. which is a common occurrence in our experience. Those men paid the Mum R100.00 but I can lay my head on a block, they prostituted her for way more. So, this is quite common, Human Trafficking happens under our noses. Desperation leads to Vulnerability and Traffickers prey on this.
COVID-19 has plunged many into desperate vulnerable situations, unfortunately. WE ALL NEED TO HELP TO
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If you are travelling this holiday season, be observant of those around you. Be alert to children or young adults appearing to be alone and individuals that are unable to speak for themselves or under someone else’s control.
Common Victim Behaviours and Indicators:
- Frightened, ashamed or nervous
- Anxious around uniformed security and police
- Under the control of a companion
- Unable to move freely without being watched closely
- Avoiding eye contact
- Appearing drugged or malnourished
- With few or no personal belongings
- Inappropriately dressed for travel
- Unsure of their destination, or who will be meeting them
- Have scripted or inconsistent stories
- Visible scars, wounds, or bruises
- Without control of passport or travel documents
DON’T DO THE FOLLOWING:
- Do NOT confront anyone you suspect of engaging in human trafficking•
- Do NOT try to rescue any possible victim•
- Do NOT display any unusual concern or alarm•
- Do NOT endanger yourself or others
DO THE FOLLOWING:
- Be observant of surroundings•
- Note details of suspicious incidents•
- Report suspected human trafficking incidents to SAPS and the TIPLINE numbers below•
- Alert police, airport police If you suspect human trafficking or observe any harmful behaviour, report it as soon as possible.
- If you are on an aeroplane, tell a flight attendant. If at the airport, alert the airport police or an employee.
- If needed, write down a description of the situation.
- Don’t stop there! You should also report incidents by calling the numbers below,
CHILDLINE:0800 055 555
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 0800 222 777
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