South Africa identifies 12 human trafficking ‘hot-spots’ – all in ONE province

South Africa identifies 12 human trafficking ‘hot-spots’ – all in ONE province

Gauteng is, without question, Mzansi’s human trafficking hotbed. In terms of both recruitment and exploitation, there is more activity in these provincial suburbs than anywhere else in the country.

Those targeted can find themselves sold into sex work, drug-running, or modern human slavery just to name a few. The project’s official ‘hot-spot recruitment areas for trafficking‘ were identified earlier this week.

  • Benoni
  • Fordsburg
  • Krugersdorp
  • Springs*
  • Sunnyside
  • Vanderbijlpark
  • Vereeniging

However, there’s a slight difference when it comes to the ‘hot-spots for exploitation areas‘. Those in the human trafficking business are most likely to target victims in these parts of Gauteng:

  • Hillbrow
  • Heidelberg
  • Moreleta Park
  • Pretoria
  • Randburg
  • Springs*

* – Springs is the only suburb to appear on both lists

The cruel cycle of exploitation

Campaigners, ultimately, want all South Africans to know about the vicious cycle that victims of human trafficking often find themselves in. They are trapped in a loop of vulnerability, exploitation, and re-victimisation.

Heartbreakingly, a large number of those who have been trafficked previously are targeted again, as they remain exposed to the ‘unresolved risk factors’ that comes with being a survivor.

“An individual becomes vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation when they are exposed to risk factors like instability, violence and abuse, poor education, substance misuse, poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and isolation.”

“Victimization occurs when someone is coerced, deceived, forced, or otherwise subject to an abuse of power. This can look like false job opportunities, a loverboy method, or being sold by a family member into labor or sex trafficking.”

“When a survivor exits a trafficking situation, the resulting trauma combined with the original unresolved risk factors perpetuates the likelihood of being re-exploited, and the cycle of trafficking continues.”

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