Human Trafficking in South Africa: Lack of data and support is failing victims of abuse

Reports indicate that South Africa is a major source, transit, and destination country for human trafficking in southern Africa. Our women and children are often trafficked to Thailand, Pakistan, the Philippines, India, China, Bulgaria, Romania and Russia for sexually exploitative purposes through Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. Trafficking streams within the African continent take place through South Africa’s porous land borders, where our national government has failed dismally to institute adequate control measures to ensure border security. Women and children are often abducted locally and trafficked to neighbouring states, including Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Swaziland and Lesotho.