South Africa at the Crossroads of Human Trafficking: War-Pushed and Hope-Driven


Cucumanova, Vanya. 2010. "South Africa at the Crossroads of Human Trafficking: War-Pushed and Hope-Driven." South African Catholic Bishop's Conference, Parliamentary Liaison Office: 1-38. 

Author: Vanya Cucumanova

Keywords: human trafficking, refugees, internally displaced people, peacekeeping, border patrol, accountability, conflict, local government, sex trafficking



"This article discusses human trafficking in Africa. Armed conflict is recognized as a heavily contributing factor, as the individuals (women and children in particular) who are internally displaced in situations of conflict are most vulnerable to traffickers. The author explores this connection between human trafficking and conflict in Africa through research on refugees and internally-displaced persons, the effect of peacekeeping personnel, and the effects and implications of border patrol. South Africa is used as a case study that “highlights the counter-trafficking provisions in South African law, strives to assess the vulnerabilities of conflict-pushed migrants (refugees), and discusses the implications of border patrol (or the lack of it) on human trafficking in this context.” (29)

Topics: Armed Conflict, Displacement & Migration, IDPs, Refugees, Gender, Women, Peacekeeping, Trafficking, Human Trafficking Regions: Africa, Southern Africa Countries: South Africa

Year: 2010

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