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‘My daughter was victim of trafficking’

In Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on June 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm

A teenager who plunged to her death from the 16th floor of an eManzimtoti block of flats at the weekend may have been a victim of a child trafficking or prostitution ring operating from wealthy suburbs, her father believes.

Dino Reddy, who said on Tuesday he would not rest until he found out what happened, thinks his daughter, Kelly, was pushed at Amanzi Flats after fending off advances from ring members.

He said he had been given information that Kelly had been recruited at a shopping centre in Mobeni Heights by an Indian man who had promised her employment.

He was told that shortly after her first meeting, the teenager was introduced to a Russian woman, “Anishka”, and it was then arranged for her to go to eManzimtoti to finalise her “job” details.

Less than two days after arriving at the flat, Kelly was found dead. She was in the company of two Russian woman in the 16th floor flat when she allegedly “fell”.

Source: iOL News

Human trafficking expert to visit Africa

In Human Trafficking on October 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Elizabeth Fildes will take a step into the belly of the beast this week when the Erie County sheriff’s deputy embarks on a 13-day tour intended to educate law enforcement officials in those countries on how to recognize and prevent sex crimes.

As a local leader in the anti-human trafficking effort here – Fildes has been involved in almost every major investigation over the past six years – she brings front-line, street-level expertise to any discussion of sex trafficking.

Charles Lewis/Buffalo News Elizabeth Fildes will give lectures and hands-on training on how to investigate and prevent human trafficking during a 13-day mission to Africa.

“It’s a crime that’s been hidden for so long,” Fildes said of the problems in Africa. “They’re finally coming to the realization that it does exist and that Americans and Europeans go there because of the sex trafficking.”

Fildes, who is recognized nationally as an expert in human trafficking, was picked as an envoy by the U.S. State Department and will visit several countries, including South Africa, Gambia, Botswana and Central Africa, as part of her mission.

She will give lectures and hands-on training on how to investigate and prevent sex trafficking, especially among children, a subject she is all too familiar with as head of the Western New York Human Trafficking Alliance, a task force of state, local and federal law enforcement officials.

The trafficking in underage girls and boys is especially acute in Gambia, an annual vacation destination for thousands of Europeans. Fildes said the government there has asked for her help in training its police force on how to deal with sex crimes.

“They have not been educated enough or made aware of the problems there,” Fildes said. “I see my mission as a way to reach out to them.”

Source: Buffalo News


In Awareness, Human Trafficking on July 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Recently, the 2012 Trafficking In Persons Report was published by the US State Department. South Africa, a country where Not For Sale actively works to assist victims of human trafficking and provide them with opportunities to create new futures, was rated as a ‘Tier 2′ country; a country whose government does not fully comply with the standards of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) but is making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards. In recent years, South Africa has moved up from the ‘Tier 2 Watch List’; meaning that the country’s efforts to address human trafficking have started to receive positive feedback.

The work of Not For Sale in South Africawas indirectly referenced in the 2012 report with regards to the establishment of a short-term Victim Assistance Center to provide victims of trafficking with placement, and the development of a rapid response team in the Western Cape, a process in which NFS played a significant role.

Human trafficking: South Africa gets a little wake-up call

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on May 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Human trafficking doesn’t often make the headlines in South Africa, but this week was an exception because the Limpopo police made a massive bust during which 47 Ethiopians were saved after being kidnapped for ransom from the Musina refugee centre in Limpopo.

South African Police Services spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi tells Daily Maverick that the police were first alerted to the situation when a relative of those held reported that 10 family members were being held and that R2,000 was being demanded for each. Mulaudzi says that if the ransom for those held wasn’t paid, the plan was to sell the Ethiopian nationals into slavery.

“These people come in as asylum seekers, but there was money involved in this case and that is how we managed to grab the kidnappers.” Six alleged kidnappers were apprehended. Five of them were Ethiopians. Mulaudzi said police weren’t sure of the nationality of the other person, but thought he could be Indian.

“Taking into consideration the number of people getting into our country, one would think that there is a lot of trafficking happening. This case gave us a wake-up call. We need to take this matter very seriously now,” says Mulaudzi.

Source: Daily Maverick

Child trafficking accused denied bail

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on May 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm

A man accused of being part of a human trafficking ring and operating a brothel, where girls as young as 12 were kept, was denied bail in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Sandile Patrick Zweni told the court he should be granted bail because he had contracted tuberculosis and needed to look after his two small children.

Magistrate Anita Govender rejected his application, pointing to the fact that Zweni had previous convictions for assault, culpable homicide and possession of dagga.

Source: George Herald

Young children in Mutale warned of human trafficking

In Child Labor, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on April 24, 2012 at 9:37 am

More than 150 young children from seven rural villages in Ward 7 of the Mutale Local Municipality were urged to be vigilant against human trafficking during a workshop aimed at providing them with tips to survive the scourge.

Young children from Ngalavhani, Mufulwi, Mafukani, Helula and other nearby villages attended the  Anti-Trafficking Campaign Workshop, organised by the Seven Villages Rural Development Forum, which was held at the Matavhela Secondary School’s sports grounds on Saturday.

Mr Thivhulawi Tovhakale, a  probation officer in the Mutale Department of Social Development, said children couldbe taken to be used as sex slaves, used for drug dealing or  possibly be killed. He crictised young children who travel some distances at night without the company of elder people as this is very dangerous. “We condemn the fact that children are sent to fetch wood from the forests and water from the rivers without the company of adults,” added Tovhakale.

Source: Zoutnet

Can’t be bought, say designers

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

Dubbed 'I cant be bought', a fashion show saw hundreds of people descending on Sandton as the initiative by the Pretoria-based child safety organisation Child Trace.

In a move against child trafficking, a fashion phenomenon has been launched in South Africa.

Dubbed “I can’t be bought”, a fashion show saw hundreds of people descending on Sandton as the initiative by the Pretoria-based child safety organisation Child Trace.

With diplomats and members of international human rights organisations attending the show, organisers claimed a resounding success in the first round of the battle against child and human trafficking in SA.

 Source: iOL

Alert immigration personnel bust child trafficking ring

In Awareness, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on March 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Alert immigration personnel in Livingstone have rescued 7 children about to be trafficked to South Africa from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

All the seven children, five of them boys, did not have documentation.

The Immigration Department in Livingstone has since arrested five Congolese who were with the children.

Immigration Department spokesperson Justine Siame said the Congolese nationals comprising two females and three males were picked from Hams Guest House in Livingstone. They have been charged with human trafficking.

According to Department of State statistics, approximately 800,000 to 900,000 victims are annually trafficked across international borders worldwide.

Source: Lusaka Times

Human trafficking victims recovering well

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 27, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Parents of missing girls scan pictures provided by police - police set up the exercise to help reunite children rescued from human traffickers with their families. Photo: Puri Devjee

Her face lit up as she described how much she was enjoying sleeping on a soft bed and enjoying three healthy meals a day.

That was one of the 15 victims who were rescued in a massive anti-human trafficking raid carried out by specialised police units in the Point area of Durban last week.

This week, the girls, all of whom are minors, were recovering at safe houses and receiving the necessary medical treatment and counselling.

Source: IOL

Designers strike a blow for human trafficking

In Awareness, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on February 22, 2012 at 9:29 am

Local haute couture designer, Gert-Johan Coetzee is no stranger to hard work and his support for charities close to his heart.

On Human Rights Day, March 21, Coetzee and other local designers will stage a fashion show with a difference, as they are working with the Child Trace Initiative (CTI), a non-profit organisation that aims to raise awareness about child trafficking in SA by developing a child identification and verification system called Iris recognition technology.

The system uses camera technology to read the inner and most delicate parts of the iris to get images from it.

Child Trace will be using fashion to start a revolution against human trafficking and with the tagline, I Can’t Be Bought – Price Tag Fashion, Not People – CTI hopes to raise enough funds for the “iris recognition technology” to reach children in the impoverished parts of South Africa.

(Zwelakhe Shangase for The New Age)

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