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Human trafficking on the rise in South Africa

The Department of Justice highlighted the prevalence of trafficking in metropolitan areas in the country.

Justice and Constitutional Development’s Advocate Daphney Rangaka at the consultative workshop on draft human trafficking legislation. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development says there has been an increase in the number of human trafficking cases being reported countrywide.

This emerged during a consultative workshop on draft human trafficking legislation in Cape Town today.

Various civic organisations and policy-makers attended the workshop, which is the eighth one in a nationwide process.



Justice and Constitutional Development's Advocate Daphney Rangaka says the department's seen an increase in the number of reported cases of human trafficking across the country.

Rangaka has today also highlighted the prevalence of trafficking in metropolitan areas in the country.

Western Cape regional head Hishaam Mohamed concurs.

"[Human trafficking] is not only an international phenomenon; it's right here on our doorstep, in our borders."

Mohamed adds the new policy is the first co-ordinated act to tackle human trafficking in South Africa.

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