Police, NGO Team Up to Fight Human Trafficking. 4/10/2016

Published by NEWS24

Polokwane – Limpopo
police and an NGO have teamed up in a bid to combat an increase in human
trafficking in the province, they announced on Monday.

“Human
trafficking is a complicated and complex crime. It’s not a body lying
dead or a mutilated woman, it is a lady walking through the border and
saying she is a refugee,” Stop Trafficking of People director Corinne
Sandenbergh said at a joint media briefing in Polokwane.

The
organisation was training police and other law enforcement agencies to
identify human trafficking victims, who often claim to be refugees. Some
are forced into prostitution.

According to police, 250 foreigners
have been rescued since January, while being smuggled through Limpopo.
The victims were from Malawi, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and the Middle East,
and had been lured to the country with promises of a better life.

Sandenbergh
appealed to government to protect human trafficking victims beyond
their trial. They should not be repatriated back to their country of
origin too soon, but rather kept in a place of safety so a proper case
could be built against the traffickers.

Deputy provincial police
commissioner, General Nonhlanhla Zulu, said they had noticed an increase
in cases of human trafficking earlier this year and approached national
organisations to help them combat it.

Sandenbergh said police stations would have forms to be filled out in cases of human trafficking.