Human Trafficking in Southern Africa 2010

Human trafficking can be described as a modern day slave trade, affecting predominantly women and children for various purposes including sexual exploitation and forced labour. Anecdotal evidence shows it is one of the fastest growing criminal industries, affecting 2.5 million people from 127 countries annually.  The total annual revenue derived from human trafficking varies depending on the sources, but it is estimated to be between $5 and $42 billion.  
 
The complex relationship between traffickers and victims makes it difficult to prevent, detect and to prosecute offenders of human trafficking.  Traffickers exploit vulnerabilities of their victims, who are often promised better lives and opportunities only to discover that they have been sold into slavery. Victims can’t leave the exploitative relationship because of threats and intimidation and inability to report the offence to officials.   
 
Idasa and the Asian Society Foundation hosted a workshop on Human Trafficking on 28 October 2010.  This workshop enabled participants to identify gaps in current responses to human trafficking and identify appropriate prevention and responses in Southern Africa.  

Read the full report here.

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