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1 Tsireledzani OVERVIEW OF KEY RESEARCH FINDINGS Programme of Assistance to the South African Government to Prevent, React to Human Trafficking; Provision of Services for Research on Deepened Knowledge and Understanding of Human Trafficking and Provide Assistance to Victims of the Crime (NPA04-08/09)

2 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize Judge Dan Ojwang “One of the remarkable aspects of the entries was the high number that concentrated on human trafficking and migration. The most striking of such novels were Eyo by Abidemi Sanusi (Nigeria), On Black Sisters’ Street by Chika Unigwe (Nigeria) and Refuge by Andrew Brown (South Africa). Reading these entries, the panel of judges was struck by the way slavery, in new guises, has come to speak powerfully of the plight of a generation of Africans who have come of age at a time of destitution, political repression and out-migration – a time when home is all too often quite unhomely”

3 HUMAN TRAFFICKING RESEARCH REPORT CONFERENCE Kopanong Hotel & Conference Centre 23-24 March 2010 Report by Carol Allais

4 Result 1 Programme of Assistance to the South African Government DEEPENED KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

5 Scope of Project This report provides the first comprehensive assessment of human trafficking in South Africa The project was undertaken from December 2008 to December 2009 (with a 3-month no-cost extension to March 2010). The fieldwork was undertaken between September and March 2010

6 Focus of Study South Africa the main focus Lesotho Swaziland Zimbabwe also included

7 Research Objectives Identify trafficking trends trafficking trends in order to develop appropriate responses; Identify national legislative measures, policy frameworks and women’s and children’s rights instruments; Analyse counter-trafficking responses regarding human trafficking in the SADC region and other countries with comparative features; Identify the profile of the victims and characteristics and motives of the agents in human trafficking Identify the purposes for human trafficking and the key driving factors;

8 … Identify socio-economic aspects of the demand and cultural values and practices influencing human trafficking; Identify the interrelation between human trafficking and migration relation issues in the context of globalization; Identify the linkage between organised crime networks and corruption, and human trafficking; Identify indicators for a national Trafficking Information Management System ; Make recommendations on the outcome of the above results.

9 Research Team Human trafficking is a cross-cutting social problem Multidisciplinary research team: Anthropology Criminology Demography/Migration Law Organised crime Psychology Sociology

10 Methodology Quantitative and qualitative data: surveys, interviews, documentary and open source materials. Key informants included: law enforcement officials, immigration and customs officials, embassy officials, social service representatives, government representatives, NGOs, international organisations, victims of trafficking and other relevant parties thought to have information on trafficking in persons.

11 “Innovative Methodologies” To research what is largely a hidden crime, a component of the data-gathering was intelligence-led.

12 Research Challenges Scope of project First meetings with researchers were held in April 2009 Workshops to arrive at appropriate methodologies Appointment of fieldworkers Training on definition of trafficking by IOM Data collection instruments designed Approval by HSRC Ethics Committee

13 … Difficulties in accessing key government informants Lack of contact lists Protocol required to access government officials

14 … Data bases No basic national-level data on victims of trafficking or traffickers available (IOM only source of any statistics)

15 SA Responses to Human Trafficking Signing and ratifying (on 14 December 2000 and 20 February 2004 respectively) the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. The Prevention and Combating of Persons Bill is awaiting ratification. Currently the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No 32 of 2007) deals with certain elements of the Protocol definition.

16 Tsiredeldzani Programme Established by the NPA - Answers the call for a collaborative, multi-agency, long-term co-ordinated strategic action A multi-sectoral National Task Team has been established National Action Plan is being developed. Human Trafficking Desk has been established and Multi-stakeholder Provincial Task Teams are being rolled out in the provinces. (The first Provincial Task Team established in KwaZulu Natal has been cited as an example of best practice.)

17 Victim-centred Approach Manifest in the Victim’s Charter Thuthuzela Care Centres (one-stop, integrated response to violent sexual acts against women and children)

18 Best Practices KZN Provincial Task Team Thuthuzela Care Centres aids_998.html Human Trafficking Awareness Week (2006) (Global best practice, US TIP Report 2007) SAs Witness Protection Programme (UNODC Toolkit to Combat Trafficking in Persons 2008)

19 Key findings 1.Unclear scale of the problem (quantitative data) - Criminal and hidden nature of the crime - Lack of official systems for recording data Anecdotal evidence and limited quantitative data gathered indicates that human trafficking is taking place. Conflicting positions – numbers established before resource allocations vs processes, procedures, mechanisms established in order to determine numbers

20 2. Trafficking streams  Long distance flows: To SA from outside of Africa Thailand, Pakistan, Philippines, India, China, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Ukraine Almost exclusively women – sexual exploitation Trafficked through airports – mainly OR Tambo  Trafficking from within the continent Short distance flows: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho Longer distance flows: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia,Tanzania, Uganda. Women, girls, boys – variety of exploitative purposes Trafficked through land borders

21  Domestic trafficking From rural areas to cities Women, girls, boys – prostitution, domestic servitude, forced labour, begging, drug trafficking, other criminal activities  SA as transit country Victims smuggled through Lesotho and Swaziland borders to SA then on to other foreign destinations  South Africans trafficked abroad Ireland, Israel, Macau, Netherlands, Switzerland, Zimbabwe (Documented cases – small numbers)

22 3.Victims of trafficking Women constitute the larges group in all streams ( Mirrors findings of global UNODC.GIFT [2009] study) Victims of intercontinental trafficking – largely for sexual exploitation Victims trafficked from Africa and domestically – a variety of forms of exploitation Young girls feature prominently in all trafficking streams Demand for under age girls – lower risk in terms of HIV, ‘sexual desirability of youth’ Men and boys trafficked from Lesotho for illegal mining in Kimberly and Welkom Young boys used to smuggle drugs

23 4. Forms of exploitation Prostitution Pornography Forced marriage Domestic servitude Forced labour (exploitation in agricultural, security, hospitality, retail sectors) Begging Drug smuggling Body parts (muti) Ritual sacrifice (religious rituals, satanic cults)

24 5. Traffickers - International organised crime syndicates from Eastern Europe, South East Asia, East Africa - Well organised local networks – taxi drivers, truck drivers - White males - Female facilitators - Family members - Parents - Enablers - Cables, Malaichas, Gumagumas

25 6. Links to other criminal activities - Strong link between trafficking for prostitution and drugs – women addicted, sell drugs to clients

26 7. Enabling factors - The collusion of border and other immigration officials a key factor facilitating factor

27 8. Vulnerabilities and cultural practices - Primary factors poverty and economic equality - Traditional norms - family patronage; forced marriages; virginity testing

28 9. Link between trafficking and HIV/AIDS - Victims seldom know or disclose their status - Difficult to establish when victim was infected - Double stigma of a positive HIV status and status of being trafficked

29 10. Victim assistance Shelter managers over-report the numbers of victims they claim to be assisting Shelters report a lack of specific skills to deal with trafficking cases-need for social workers, psychologists Identified need for integrated multi-sectoral services To provide for individual needs Need for more shelters and safe houses Need for specialised shelters, longer-term homes, halfway or reintegration shelters

30 GENERAL PROBLEMS INHIBITING THE EFFECTIVE COMBATING OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING Limited understanding of trafficking – both lay and professional quarters – confused with smuggling, conflated with prostitution, sexual abuse, labour abuse Denial of the problem Discomfort with the nature of the problem, fear of speaking openly – major challenges for empirical research

31 awareness raisingNeed for sustained awareness raising after 2010 trainingNeed for more (in-depth) training researchNeed for ongoing research – in-depth research, intelligence-led research

32 Recommendations No uniform definition of trafficking - lack of understanding on the part of both lay and professional personnel. (Trafficking is generally associated with prostitution or confused with the smuggling of persons.) Recommendation: Ensure that the South African government formalises and adopts a national definition of trafficking which is accepted and practised across all sectors.

33 … Lack of nation-level data The lack of official statistics is a major obstacle to the accurate assessment of the magnitude of trafficking in South Africa or any country in the region, particularly the SADC countries. Recommendation: Implement a Trafficking Information Management System to enable the collection of systematic, national-level data that will address the problem in terms of prevention, protection and prosecution.

34 Coordinated cross-sector response Recommendations: 1. Complete the National Action Plan and indicate responsibilities for its implementation. 2. Complete the establishment of the Provincial Task Teams in all provinces to ensure the coordination of anti- trafficking activities at provincial and local levels. 3. Appoint a National Coordinator on Human Trafficking as a priority to establish and facilitate the implementation of National procedures and related activities. The functions of the National Coordinator shall be determined by the National Action Plan.

35 … 4.NRMs and TRMs and/or standard operating procedures (victim identification and assistance) to be put developed (identified as a major obstacle in the identification of victims and their referral to required assistance)

36 Extensive and accelerated skills training for different stakeholders and frontline personnel Accelerated media and information campaigns that reach rural and urban communities, ports of entry, transit sites Initiatives to reduce vulnerability among most at risk Mainstreaming human trafficking into school curricula

37 Thank you

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