Thursday, May 14, 2009

Human Trafficking Concerns Prompt Action

Groups in South Africa are trying to beef up efforts to prevent human trafficking related to the tourism boom expected during the World Cup.

WITH the 2010 Soccer World Cup around the corner, rights groups such as the East London-based Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre are gearing up to battle the scourge of human trafficking that is expected in the country.

“South Africa and the Eastern Cape, in particular, have been reported by the International Organisation for Migration, as a hotspot. They also predict that it will escalate leading into the (2010 soccer) World Cup next year. “With poverty being so rife in our province, the promise of education, jobs and money makes it easy for traffickers to lure women into their prostitution rings,” said Foster.

Tackling trafficking
Daily Dispatch Online
May 14, 2009