Educate your child about human trafficking

Sphesihle Mkhize together with Cpt Carmen Rhynes and Ntombenhle Shozi.

‘Ingalo yomthetho’ is a slot on The Young People’s Choice Radio station, Intokozo FM Radio 101.2 FM, every Thursday at 8:10am.

Deejays, Ntombenhle and Sphesihle team up with Cpt Carmen Rhynes and Cnst Gloria Nyoni from the Communications office at Umlazi SAPS.

The team talks about different safety measures, which the community should take to avoid being victims of crime. On Thursday, the discussion was about human trafficking, the discussion arose from the fact that the cases reported in and around the world on human trafficking.

Cnst Nyoni explained that human trafficking can be defined as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.

She said, “Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”

Cpt Rhynes explained to the listeners that trafficking people is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights.  Every year, many men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own country and abroad.

She said, “Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. Often poor communities and where there is a high unemployment rate become easy prey for human traffickers. It is important to bring awareness and education on the subject of human trafficking.”

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Umlazi SAPS believes that it is important the community is educated on human trafficking, so that they do fall for anything that sounds too good to be true such as an employment overseas, soccer scholarships or modelling work etc, to not speak to strangers on social media and educate your children the rules of social media.

The community is warned to not meet with strangers from Facebook or other websites.

Hand over ones passport or ID document over to anyone to secure a job is condemned. People should be very wary of being  influenced and led by a stranger promising employment.

Children should not be left unattended at any time in a public place. These are a few prevention tips to ensure human trafficking does not take place in your community.

The elements of human trafficking can be seen in three constituent elements:

The Act (What is done)

Recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons.

The Means (How it is done)

Threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, or giving payments or benefits to a person in control of the victim.

The Purpose (Why it is done)

For the purpose of exploitation, which includes exploiting the prostitution of others, sexual exploitation, forced labour, slavery or similar practices and the removal of organs.

Cnst Nyoni in closing said, “I urge the community to be very vigilant, because traffickers are not only strangers but also people that we trust, Human trafficking is real and it can affects us all. Let’s all take the initiative to educate children and vulnerable persons in the community of the realities of human trafficking.”

  AUTHOR
Nikita Chiniah
Journalist

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