Human trafficking in South Africa is on the rise: More collaboration is needed

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Human trafficking is a multi-faceted, socio-economic phenomenon fueled by problems such as poverty, racial and gender inequality, or political instability, amongst others.  South Africa has been placed onto Tier 2 by the US State Department, which means that it is considered to be a source, transit, and destination country for individuals trafficked for the purpose of forced labour or sexual exploitation.  Although trafficking in South Africa is not a new issue, the extent of the crime has been growing in recent years.  The number of people who became victims of human trafficking more than doubled in the 2021-22 financial year…...

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Katarzyna Rybarczyk Katarzyna Rybarczyk is a Political Correspondent for Immigration Advice Service, an immigration law firm operating globally and providing legal aid to forcibly displaced persons. Through her articles, she aims to raise awareness about security threats worldwide and the challenges facing communities living in low and middle-income countries.