Major Forms of Human Trafficking ( forced labor)

On behalf of the SAAHTT board of trustees and staff we would like the wish everyone a happy new year and hope you will continue to fight against human trafficking and indeed any human rights abuse in 2011. At SAAHTT we are gearing up for an extra ordinary year as we are seeking to step up our anti trafficking efforts to new levels and we hope you will join hands with us and take up your place in ridding the world of this inhumane crime.

In 2010 we received tremendous response to our articles. Among the numerous comments we received where also a large number of questions on human trafficking. In 2011 we are going to dedicate some of our articles to answer some of your questions. In the first few articles we are going to focus on the different forms of trafficking in persons. Many readers of our articles ask if persons are only trafficked for sexual exploitation? Are they any other forms of trafficking?

Well the answer is yes! In the article we are going to focus on

 Forced Labor!!!

The majority of human trafficking in the world and indeed southern africa takes the form of forced labor, according to the ILO’s estimate on forced labor. Also known as involuntary servitude, forced labor may result when unscrupulous employers take advantage of gaps in law enforcement to exploit vulnerable workers. These workers are made more vulnerable to forced labor practices because of high rate of unemployment, poverty, crime, discrimination, corruption, political conflict, and cultural acceptance of the practice.  

Immigrants are particularly vulnerable, but individuals are also forced into labor in their own countries. Female victims of forced labor, especially women and girls in domestic servitude, are often sexually exploited as well.

Forced labor is a form of Human trafficking that is often harder to identify and estimate than sex trafficking. It may not involve the same criminal networks profiting from transnational sex trafficking. Instead, it may involve individuals who subject workers to involuntary  servitude, perhaps through forced or coerced household or factory work.

By: Shonhiwa. Bakare