JOHANNESBURG – Human rights activists have hailed the arrest of a man on human trafficking charges as a major step in the fight against global crime.
A 38-year-old Malawian man was arrested in an undercover sting operation led by the Hawks and crime intelligence yesterday.
Police said he tried to sell four Malawian men and a woman for R500 each.
The five Malawians were brought to South Africa with promises of better job opportunities, and sold to undercover police officers.
Anti-human trafficking NGO A21 Campaign spokesperson Katie Modrau insists the organised crime is pure slavery.
She says many victims of forced labour will be paid less than the minimum wage and subsequently be forced to hand over their salaries to the human traffickers in return for bringing them into the country.
“There’s no time limit. There are no fair opportunities or wages for these people, it’s ‘you pay me back until I decide’. It’s bondage and slavery.”
The Salvation Army’s Carin Holmes says victims will risk everything in search of a better life in South Africa, only to be repatriated back home with nothing.
(Edited by Victoria Campbell-Gillies) EWN