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Human Trafficking In South Africa: Here Are Some Hotspots

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Springs, Benoni, Fordsburg, Krugersdorp, Sunnyside, Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark as the major human trafficking recruitment areas in Gauteng

Several areas across Gauteng, province, northeastern South Africa have been identified in a recent report as hotspots for the recruitment of human trafficking victims.

A report from a camping done by a group of NGOs – A21, South Africa’s National Freedom Network, and Think Creative Africa to creat an awareness about human trafficking recorded that;  human trafficking which is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world generates more than R258 trillion per year in South Africa.

The report mentioned Springs, Benoni, Fordsburg, Krugersdorp, Sunnyside, Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark as the major recruitment areas in Gauteng, South Africa.

The areas where victims of human trafficking had been held included Springs, Hillbrow, Randburg, Pretoria, Moreleta Park and Heidelberg.

According to the statistics by camping’s report an estimated 2.8 out of every 1 000 people in Africa lives in modern-day slavery. And Of the trafficked victims recorded in Africa, 64% are children.

#TheTraffickYouNeedToKnow campaign said, “The different types of human trafficking include trafficking for forced criminal activities, trafficking for sexual exploitation, trafficking for forced labour, and trafficking for the removal of organs.”

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The report said:

Human trafficking also affects men, with several recent rescue efforts of large numbers of potential victims from houses in Gauteng where they were being held.

Nkgabiseng Motau, Think Creative Africa’s co-founder and chief creative officer, said while Freedom Day marked the liberation of South Africa, it “reinforces the freedoms we enjoy today, such as freedom of movement, speech, and choices, of which human trafficking violates”.

Katie Modrau, A21 SA manager, said human trafficking was at an all-time high and often went unnoticed.

“We would like to bring awareness to this crime, the many facets it presents itself in and how civil society can play its role”.

“The more we know about this issue, the more we can protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities. No one person can do everything but every one of us can do something,” she said.

Freedom Network CEO Diane Wilkinson said: “To effectively combat human trafficking, we need strategic networking, collaboration and partnership. We also need awareness, we need civil society to work with government entities, and more discussions need to take place on public platforms.”

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In this still image from the Neuralink presentation video on YouTube, a presenter, lower left, described how a monkey used a wireless transmitter to “type” characters on a keyboard.Credit...Neuralink

Neuralink, the startup Elon Musk founded to link our brains directly to computers, showed progress Wednesday in two medical areas: helping blind people to see and helping people with spinal cord injuries to walk or use their hands.

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PHOTO: President Joe Biden greets guests before speaking at an event at the White House complex, Nov. 18, 2022, in Washington, D.C.

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