by Melinda Hattingh – DA Spokesperson of Transport, Safety & Liaison
Date: 01 November 2017
Type: Press Statement
The DA is concerned by an increase in human trafficking cases in the Northern Cape, as was reported by the Department of Transport, Safety & Liaison during their first quarterly presentation to the legislature portfolio committee earlier this week.
According to the department, two human trafficking incidents in Galeshewe involving children sparked an awareness campaign on human trafficking and missing children in the districts. In this regard, awareness projects were taken to Upington and Pofadder.
The department indicated that small towns, especially those in the vicinity of mining initiatives and solar projects, such as Kathu and Postmasburg, have become hot spots for such crimes.
The DA is making an appeal to this department to expand the reach of its awareness campaigns in order to make communities living in rural areas more alert to the increasing prevalence of human trafficking.
Parents need to be educated on the increased risks that young people now face in what were once relatively safe and quiet towns. Children also need to be educated so as not to fall prey to sexual predators.
The Northern Cape continues to experienced high levels of violence against women and children. Much more must be done to curb such crimes.
It is vital that the SAPS is made aware of any cases of human cases as this will help in arresting those who prey on women and children.