Monthly Archives: January 2020

Violence, inequality and poverty put children at risk of sexual exploitation

Gaps in funding, weak enforcement of laws and mediocre co-ordination by government departments to implement them are highlighted BY IAVAN PIJOOS SA has been ranked 16 out of the 60 countries scored by the Out of the Shadows Index on the country’s response to child sexual exploitation and abuse.Image: 123RF/Artit Oubkaew High levels of violence, inequality and […]

Cheap as bread, girls sell sex to survive drought crisis in Angola

Girls as young as 12 are selling themselves for sex, sometimes for as little as R6, in Angola to feed themselves and their families.Image: 123rf/ Rafael Ben-Ari Young girls in southern Africa are selling sex — sometimes for less than the cost of a loaf bread — to survive a hunger crisis ensnaring tens of millions, […]

137 would-be child labourers, prostitutes rescued in Ivory Coast

BY AFP The 137 rescued children from an Ivory Coast human trafficking ring are from neighbouring countries including Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Ghana and Ivory Coast authorities have rescued 137 children from neighbouring countries who were destined to work as labourers or prostitutes, the national body fighting child labour said Monday. The operation took place last week […]

Court: Chinese nationals accused of human trafficking in Joburg

Image via Twitter: iMoviekasi @iMoviekasi The defence in the bail hearing of seven Chinese nationals arrested last year for alleged human trafficking and violation of the country’s labour laws told the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court this week that the case against them was “flawed and non-existent”.  Lawyer, Jan Christophe Kruger from David H Botha, Du Plessis […]

Nigerian pastor apologises to SA for some of his countrymen dealing in drugs and prostitution

Nigerian nationals living in South Africa have partnered with locals to start dialogues aimed at ending the differences between the two countries. The initiative under the banner called Nig-SA Unity Forum was officially unveiled in Midrand on Wednesday. It is made up of pastors, academics, the business community and civil society from both countries who […]

Woman lured to Bloemfontein flat, given drugs and forced into prostitution

When the woman arrived at the couple’s flat, she was forcefully injected with drugs and intimidated.Image: 123RF / Rafaelbenari A 34-year-old woman was allegedly lured to a flat in Bloemfontein where she was given drugs and forced into prostitution, the Free State Hawks said on Sunday. Provincial Hawks spokesperson W/O Lynda Steyn said the woman had […]