South African Statistics

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Human trafficking is a reality. Sadly it has become a “hot topic” around the world and can happen to anyone.

Many people are not aware of the alarming issue of human trafficking. International Liberty Missions strife to educate the community on the problem and how we can all work together to become the solution.

How many people are in modern slavery in South Africa?

The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates 248,700 people or 0.45% of the total population live in conditions of modern slavery in South Africa. This is based on a random-sample, nationally-representative survey undertaken in 2015, that sought to identify instances of both forced marriage and forced labour within the general population (survey conducted in Afrikaans, English, Sotho, Zulu, Xhosa languages).


Commercial sexual exploitation

About 103 461 victims of modern slavery in South Africa identified in the survey, were or are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation.

Although buying sex is illegal, the sex industry thrives on the street, in brothels and private homes.

South African women, together with women from neighbouring states, and Thai, Chinese, Russian and Brazilian women, were identified as likely victims of commercial sexual exploitation in South Africa.

South African women were also being trafficked abroad, predominantly to Europe.

Throughout 2015, the Hawks continued to identify Nigerian sex trafficking syndicates operating between the North West, Gauteng, and KwaZulu-Natal, according to the report.






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