49.6 million people enslaved in the world today.
Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, generating more than R258 trillion rand per year.
An estimate of 2.8 out of every 1,000 people in Africa are living in modern day slavery.
64% of trafficked victims recorded in Africa are children.
They are accompanied by a controlling person, and do not speak on his or her own behalf, but instead defer to another person.
They are transported to or from work, or live and work at the same place. They show signs that their movements are being controlled.
They are unable to keep his or her earnings: it is “withheld for safekeeping.” In many cases, the person owes a debt they are working to pay off.
They have recently arrived in the country and do not speak the language of the country—or they only know sex-related or labor-related words.
They are frightened to talk to outsiders and authorities since they are closely monitored and controlled by their trafficker(s). They may be fearful, anxious, depressed, overly submissive, and may avoid eye contact.
They may have signs of abuse or signs of being denied food, water, sleep, and/or medical care.
They are not in possession of their passports, identification, or legal documents.
They may have bruises, scars, and other signs of physical abuse and torture. Victims of human trafficking are often beaten in areas that will not damage their appearance, such as their lower back.
They may show signs of drug use or drug addiction. They can be forced or coerced into drug use by his or her traffickers, or turn to substance abuse to help cope with his or her enslavement.
They may be distrustful and suspicious. A victim of human trafficking may act as if they distrust any person who offers them assistance or attempts to converse with them.
They may have few or no personal possessions.
They may demonstrate affection, attachment, or dependence toward their abuser.
Their actual job is different from the advertised job they had accepted.
They feel that they are unable to leave their current situation.
Educating and equipping everyone to understand, identify, and reduce the risk of human trafficking through programmes like educational curriculum, prevention programmes, and awareness campaigns.
Partnering with authorities to secure the freedom of victims and the conviction of human traffickers through programmes like hotlines, child advocacy centers, identification trainings, and legal support.
Empowering survivors of human trafficking on their unique journey toward restoration and independence through programmes like holistic aftercare, safe accommodation, and relocation services.
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