|The webinar extends over three sessions. We will cover issues like what is ‘human trafficking’? What are the key features of human trafficking cases in the courts, what has been achieved by the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act of 2013 (PACOTIP) and the National Policy Framework (NPF) in protecting trafficking victims and in preventing trafficking in general?|
About this webinar
Session 1 (NATURE):
What is ‘human trafficking’ (or, as is sometimes deemed, ‘modern slavery’)? How does it differ from human smuggling? Who characteristically gets trafficked or enslaved, and who are the key perpetrators? Why is human trafficking labelled as ‘one of the key humanitarian challenges of the 21st Century’ and how does this relate to the prevalence of trafficking in South and Southern Africa?
Session 2 (LAW):
What are the key features of human trafficking cases in the courts? What laws exist to prosecute human trafficking and how have these evolved since the turn of the millennium? What is the PACOTIP (the Prevention and Combating of Human Trafficking Act of 2013) and what is the NPF (National Policy Framework) on human trafficking?
Session 3 (IMPLEMENTATION):
What has been achieved by the PACOTIP and the NPF in protecting trafficking victims and in preventing trafficking in general? What are the main barriers to effective counter-trafficking at present? What is the future of human trafficking management in the short to medium term, both in South Africa and in the sub-continental context?
Topics to be covered will include:
- The specific nature of human trafficking (or people trafficking and (TIP) i.e., Trafficking in Persons)\
- The similarities and differences between commercial sex trafficking, child trafficking and economic trafficking for cheap labour.
- The individuals and groups most at risk of being trafficked.
- Labour trafficking as a feature of the South African economy.
- The role of organised crime in trafficking networks.
- What has been emplaced in the public policy realm to assist the identification and prosecution of traffickers that works and what need to be ‘fixed.’
Benefits of attending
To gain comprehensive insight into the different forms of employment contracts, the legislation governing employment contracts and skills to draft compliant permanent and fixed-term employment contracts. Delegates will also gain insight into the different forms of disputes which may arise from employment contracts.
By the end of the webinar, participants should have –
- An understanding of the factors precipitating accelerating trafficking in South Africa and its neighbours.
- The subtle distinctions between various forms of trafficking as serious criminal offences.
- The opportunities and barriers to the successful prosecution of trafficking crimes.
What is being done by government and civil society to inhibit trafficking – and what not?
Background to this presentation
Human trafficking has been labelled as an ‘atrocity crime’, on par with war crimes and South and Southern Africa is one of the top ten regions for this criminal activity across the world. There are an estimated 250,000 victims around us, and the number has increased persistently since the advent of the Covid pandemic.
In South Africa and among its regional neighbours there are various forces that encourage trafficking of women (for commercial sex trafficking), of children, as well as men (both for sexual purposes and cheap labour in all sectors of the economy).
Governments and civil society throughout the region have failed to develop effective counter-trafficking policies and mechanisms and hardly any prosecutions for trafficking occur. There are few arrests, few successful prosecutions, and fewer sentences for perpetrators commensurate with the profound seriousness of their crimes.
Vulnerable populations remain at risk because of poor systems to prevent trafficking. There is also little protection for victims and survivors of trafficking who are inevitably maimed for life.
Professor Frankel holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from Princeton University and was previously the Head of the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.
He has spent over a decade analysing human trafficking both in Southern Africa and on a world-wide basis. He has presented seminars and workshops across the globe, has worked extensively for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Rwanda, as well as an array of non-governmental organisations such as Save the Children and the Red Cross.
He is the author of two books on human trafficking – ‘Long Walk to Nowhere: Human Trafficking in Post-Mandela South Africa’ (published internationally in 2017 by Routledge), and ‘Human Trafficking in South Africa’, published by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), and scheduled for release in January 2023.