South Africa is a SOURCE, TRANSIT and DESTINATION country for victims of trafficking.
Our country has become a prime destination for international trafficking syndicates to operate.
Currently stats show that only 1% of all victims are rescued.
There are a few main approaches traffickers use to lure victims: Fake job offers, mainly for jobs abroad. When the person arrives, she/he finds that the conditions are different from the ones advertised in the job offer – Often the victim’s ID is taken away, and she/he is forced into labor or sexual exploitation. Lover boy – the trafficker courts the victim and pretends to be falling in love with her. Once he earns the victim’s trust, he sells her to be sexually exploited. The Internet, especially social networking sites, is the most used tool by traffickers for research and selection of potential victims.