Getting To Grips With Trafficking

Written by Robyn Pharoah

Reflections on Human Trafficking Research in South Africa

South Africa has committed itself to developing specialised legislation to combat the trafficking of human beings within, to and from South Africa. Between May and June 2006, the South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) invited public comment on draft trafficking legislation; yet we still know relatively little about trafficking in South Africa. There are no official statistics on trafficking. A handful of studies on trafficking have been conducted but these have been limited in size and geographical scope. The studies have also been compromised by imprecise definitions and a bias towards sexual exploitation, raising questions about their usefulness for policy design.

This is a reflection on these studies.

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