The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) welcomes the arrest of three suspected human traffickers and the rescue of over 50 children by the South African Police Services (SAPS) over the weekend.
For years now, South African has been seen as a transit and destination country for trafficked men, women and children for purposes of prostitution, domestic servitude and unpaid labour. In some instances, young men from neighbouring countries are equally trafficked to South Africa for farm work without remuneration, and it has been witnessed that at later stages, their ‘employers’ would have them arrested and deported as illegal immigrants.
This form of modern day slavery has seen an estimate of 27 million slaves in the world today, which is the highest recorded number of slaves in human history, with half of these being in the average ages of 12-14 years, while locally, it is estimated that around 30 000 children are reportedly trafficked into our country on a yearly basis.
We commend the SAPS in this continued fight against human trafficking, and urge our communities to join in this noble fight as such deeds happen right within our neighbourhoods. Just as any other criminal activity cannot be a police issue alone, but a community issue as well, let us join hands and work together in confronting such ills.
As POPCRU, we will be working closely with communities and all stakeholders in creating awareness around this encounter.
Issued by POPCRU on 26/07/2016