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Ekurhuleni Municipality tackles trafficking education drive

The Ekurhuleni Municipality on Sunday launched a campaign to educate the public about human trafficking...

Stop human trafficking. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

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The <place u2:st="on"><placename u2:st="on">municipality’s Zweli Dlamini said the campaign would be run by trained professionals.

“It will be run by trained metro police officers and we are working closely with other security agencies like the South African Police Service,” said Dlamini.

Dlamini said parents and caregivers needed to be vigilant over the period.

The municipality said the global economy, poverty, unemployment and ritual practises were mostly to blame for human trafficking.