what you can do if you suspect someone in your neighbourhood is involved in human trafficking? – South Africa

SAAHTT has been writing original posts and aggregating content from other sites on human trafficking with a particular focus on the southern African region. This goes somewhere in achieving our principal objective of ending modern day slavery in southern Africa. The information on this blog has in some way been meant to equip southern African residents through our online community to engage in activities that combat trafficking in the region. As an organisation, we have particular distaste for rhetoric without action and have mentioned it occasionally on this blog. We believe that anti trafficking efforts are only effective as residents increase vigilance, tell a neighbour about trafficking or about SAAHTT 🙂 , comment on anti trafficking issues on various platforms, keep on the look-out for suspicious activities and report any incidences which may involve trafficking. Despite this particular focus on action and the publication of regular posts on trafficking it has emerged that it is still difficult to get onto this blog and find specific information on what one can do when they suspect there could be incidences of trafficking in their neighbourhoods and or near their workplaces. So in an online conversation with Charly Mariaan Nel (she is an amazing modern day abolitionist), she mentioned that SAAHTT could do a post on country specific actions people can take to report incidences of trafficking. We then communicated with her that we would do a post before Saturday 27 March 2010 but we failed to meet the deadline. Nonetheless we will put up country specific actions that can be taken to bring down trafficking gangs. We begin with South Africa, which is undeniably the target of traffickers due its GDP, modern infrastructure, booming economy and cosmopolitan nature.

So, if you are in South Africa and think there could be trafficking incidences around you. You could:

  • Call the toll-free anti trafficking hotline # 08000- 737283
  • Call your local police station (we think they will pay more heed now as human trafficking has been in the news almost daily in the run up to FIFA 2010 World Cup)
  • Contact the Salvation Army (they are doing an enormous amount of work on trafficking)
  • Engage the Red Light Campaign ( the regional office is in Zambia but if you send an e-mail, they will know what to do)
  • Do not confront the suspected traffickers. It may also not be wise to directly confront the suspected victims (they may deny they are being trafficked and they may report to the trafficking gangs)

Does this help??

Please remember that taking time out to make that phone call or send that e-mail may be all it takes to save young children’s/ women’s lives. Do not put of action. There is no particular reason to be afraid of taking action as you are not confronting the traffickers and or trafficking victims directly. Should you still be afraid despite SAAHTT re-assurances 🙂 you can still keep your identity anonymous. What is important is that you take action.

All the links on the organisations and institutions you can approach will lead you directly to contact information.

Disclosure: Charly is an active fan on SAAHTT facebook page and a good friend of ours 🙂


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