South Africa a Trafficking Hot Spot.

 

Greetings from The Slave Detective,

Those that regularly follow me will note that I have not posted for a while.

I time has been a critical factor so now I have a backlog of subjects.

A short time ago I was asked to assist South African author Jassy MacKenzie with her book ‘Stolen Lives’.

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She spent the day with my Human Trafficking Team before writing this novel. I have read it and it is very good.

This book has sold well in South Africa as the problem of Human Trafficking comes to the forefront of the public in that countries attention.

Recently SA Authorities captured six men bringing 47 Ethiopians into the country. This is just one great result that SA authorities have had recently as the profile on Trafficking raises there.

The brief reports I have read on this case remind me of the problem the UK and other countries have had with ‘Snake Heads’ or persons from The Asian Continent who bring smuggled persons from China charging for each leg of the journey and then rival gangs snatching their charges and demanding final fee’s.

I was involved in one such case where the final fee of £2,000 for each person was proving too much for the families of those held. We stormed the gangs hideout and rescued four victims (from an original group of twenty) who were just about to be killed because their family groups could not afford to pay. There were two females and two males. One of the females had been raped by the gang when they thought she was going to be disposed of and was later found to be pregnant.

The gang were each sentenced to fourteen years imprisonment and deported. The rescued victims were more afraid of The Police and their final outcome than the traffickers/smugglers/snakeheads. All but one ran away and disappeared into the black market that still exists in the UK’s closed communities. We were able to establish that they still felt they were obliged to work off or pay back the debt bondage incurred by their families to The ‘Snakeheads’. Being held in the Immigration system not ‘locked up’ but housed and bound by the ‘system’ that wouldn’t allow them to work proved too restrictive to them.

I will watch The SA case with interest and hope that the victim’s needs are considered. I’m sure they will be.

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