Three years ago, when Not For Sale first began working in South Africa, traffickers – if convicted, were charged with kidnapping and other less serious crimes. Recently, Justice Portfolio Committee Chairperson Luwellyn Landers announced that as soon as next month, the Parliament will pass the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill –criminalizing human trafficking, prostitution, and forced labor.
During a recent visit from the U.S. Consulate, NFS South Africa Coordinator Christina Bacino was told how impressed the U.S. Consulate is with the progress of the anti-trafficking movement in South Africa in the last 2-3 years; precisely the amount of time that Not For Sale has been present in the area. Since its inception, Not For Sale South Africa has supported law enforcement with over 60 cases of human trafficking.
Christina reported to headquarters with excitement over the development and improvement of the modern-day abolitionist movement in South Africa.“Though, of course they cannot give an official answer at the time, they did elude to the fact that many strides have been made over the past few years, and things seemed to have improved tremendously.”
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