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More than 600 Pakistani girls ‘sold as brides’ to China

At least 629 girls and women sold to Chinese men in a period of two years, AP reports quoting Pakistani investigators. More than 600 poor Pakistani girls and women were sold as brides to Chinese men over a period of nearly two years, according to investigations by authorities in the South Asian nation of 200 million people. A list […]

The Syrian women and girls sold into sexual slavery in Lebanon

Syria’s refugee crisis has shone a light on sex trafficking in Lebanon, where victims are often treated as criminals. by Daniela Sala Beirut, Lebanon – “How do I know most of the women working as prostitutes are controlled?” asked Paul, a volunteer for the Jesuits, a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, before answering his own […]

OMOTOSO HUMAN TRAFFICKING TRIAL FINALLY GETS UNDER WAY WITH FIRST WITNESS

Timothy Omotoso, Lusanda Sulani and Zukiswa Sitho face a string of charges including rape, human trafficking and racketeering. CAPE TOWN – Following repeated delays, the State has called its first witness in the trial of a pastor and two women accused of a litany of crimes. The entire matter had to start afresh after the […]

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 […]

‘Please help us’: Chilling note hidden inside Christmas card from Chinese prison factory

Instead of a seasonal greeting, a six-year-old girl found a desperate cry for help scrawled on a note inside her pack of Christmas cards. Matt Coyle A girl aged six discovered a desperate note in her pack of Christmas cards from a Chinese prisoner forced to work against their will. Florence Widdicombe, from London, was […]

Three women rescued from ‘human trafficking’ ring in Kimberley

BY IAVAN PIJOOS The women were allegedly transported between Barkley West and Kimberley for sexual exploitation. File photoImage: lightfieldstudios/123rf.com Three women were rescued from an alleged human trafficking ring in Kimberley, Northern Cape, the Hawks said on Thursday. Hawks spokesperson Nomthandazo Mnisi said they followed up on information on Tuesday about a woman who was allegedly involved […]