The landscape of human trafficking in south africa
The forms of human trafficking found in South Africa include sex trafficking, child labour, domestic servitude, organ smuggling, child-brides i.e uKuthwala, illegal adoptions, forced surrogacy and the use of body parts for medicine. South Africa is a primary source and transit country for human trafficking. Victims are lured into the country with the promise of a better life and employment.
Women and young people with low education, that are unemployed, and without support of family or community are amongst the most vulnerable. With promises of modelling careers, romantic interests or friendship, our girls are taken advantage of and used for the sex and drug trade. We urge communities to be vigilant and report anything suspicious. Many victims don’t know they are being victimised until it is too late.