The DA notes with concern that statistics reveal that South Africa could have as many as 100 000 young girls working in underground sex dens as sex slaves.
The report suggests that South Africa is a major player in human trafficking as many are trafficked to South Africa from all over the world.
Children as young as 9 years old are prostituted as a result of this illicit trade.
It has emerged that most of the trafficked sex slaves are mainly from poor regions in Southern Africa.
The victims are lured into the country with the promise of a better life and employment.
In many instances young girls are promised false modelling jobs, after which they are kidnapped and forced into a world of drugs and enslavement.
We urge communities to be vigilant and keep a watchful eye over our children, particularly the girl child.
It is extremely disturbing to learn that so many young women are being treated in this manner.
Many of the victims don’t know that they are to be victimised by this criminality until it is too late.
The DA is committed to creating safe communities where all have access to opportunities and the freedom to pursue their dreams is guarded.”
The US Trafficking in Persons Report 2014
The report, which takes a broad look at human trafficking, including on the sub-continent, contains a slew of evidence of labour trafficking taking place in South Africa – with both foreign and local victims.
It states that South African children are subjected to trafficking mainly within the country, recruited from poor rural areas and brought to and moved between urban centers such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and Bloemfontein.
Girls are subjected to sex trafficking and domestic servitude and boys are forced to work in street vending, food service, begging, criminal activities, and agriculture.
Reports of forced begging increased in 2013 and some forced begging involved children with disabilities.
The tradition of ukuthwala, the forced marriage of girls as young as 12 to adult men, is still practiced in some remote villages in Eastern and Western Cape provinces, leaving these girls vulnerable to forced labor and sex slavery.
South Africa prosecuted its first ukuthwala case in 2013. South African victims were identified and repatriated from Malawi and Venezuela in 2013.
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In March 2014, the Brazilian government released a South African woman previously convicted and imprisoned for drug smuggling upon recognition that she was a trafficking victim.
The Government of South Africa does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. In May 2013, parliament passed the Prevention and Combatting of Trafficking in Persons Act (PACOTIP), which was signed by President Zuma in July 2013.
The report holds that a serious lack of capacity and widespread corruption among the police force has stymied progress in anti-trafficking law enforcement efforts in South Africa.