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January 8, 2023

UNHCR and IOM Undertake Joint Screening and Registration on Progress in Comoros

From January to February 2023, UNHCR South Africa Multi-Country Office conducted joint screening with IOM and registration on pro- Gres v4 in Comoros, located in the northern Mozambican channel of the Indian Ocean, for people in need of international protection. This was after 30 migrants travelling to the island of
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December 9, 2022

Draft Law Proposes Compensation for Victims of Trafficking in Mozambique

A revised draft law on trafficking in persons proposes the creation of a fund to compensate victims of this crime in Mozambique, in line with the spirit of the Trafficking in Persons Protocol which stipulates procedures to ensure that victims have access to compensation. Mozambique is just the latest country
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November 18, 2022

Regional Case Digest for Southern Africa Assists Judicial Officers to Prosecute Suspected Traffickers

Justice Fiona Mwale It was a victory for law enforcement against a crime that had originated in cyberspace. The accused, ML, had been using Facebook over a period of four years to lure and groom young girls by promising modelling jobs and money. He requested them to send him nude
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September 12, 2022

Human Trafficking: Prevalent in Public Discussions but Not in the Courts

Pretoria – South Africa is a preferred country of destination for many types of migrants, including unaccompanied children and smuggled migrants. The crime of trafficking in persons is also an issue of concern, with women and children being major victims. However, like everywhere in the world, human trafficking is characterized
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September 1, 2022

Human Trafficking: Prevalent in Public Discussions But Not in the Courts

  South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services John Jeffery has acknowledged the general low level of prosecution for the crime of trafficking in persons globally, saying in South Africa such cases were usually anecdotal and existed mainly in public discussions, including on social media. This pointed to
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August 22, 2022

OPINION: Social media makes it easier for human traffickers to ensnare victims

The internet has revolutionised human trafficking. It has presented recruiters with more convenient ways to connect with targeted victims, usually with fake job offers, or to find buyers for their products, such as human kidneys, and even to livestream acts of exploitation, writes Jane Marie Ongolo Key to any human
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August 4, 2022

Iconic School Hosts World Day Against Trafficking Event in SA

A popular rural school in South Africa’s Limpopo province hosted this year’s main commemoration of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons jointly organized by the Department of Justice and Correctional Services, and the United National Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Mphaphuli Secondary School, an iconic school in Thohoyandou, was
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June 21, 2022

Southern Africa Migration Management (SAMM) Project Scholarships offered to obtain the “Diploma for Labour Migration Experts and Practitioners”

The Southern Africa Migration Management Project (SAMM) is offering scholarships to obtain a Diploma for Labour Migration Experts and Practitioners, providing an opportunity for participants to master the qualitative understanding of labour migration governance and protection of migrant workers’ rights through a package of intensive and challenging training courses –
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April 14, 2022

UNODC launches a Trafficking in Persons Handbook for Judicial Officers in South Africa

Johannesburg, 11-13 April 2022 – UNODC in collaboration with the South African Judicial Education Institute convened a Judicial Training Against Trafficking in Persons (TiP) in Johannesburg, South Africa from the 11 to 13 April, which is part of UNODC priorities in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Region in enhancing
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March 24, 2022

UNODC launches a Regional Trafficking in Persons Case Digest for the Southern Africa Development Region

Johannesburg, South Africa – 22 – 23 March 2022 – UNODC Regional Office for Southern Africa convened a three-day Seminar for Prosecutors from the SADC Region to share experiences on prosecuting cases of Trafficking in Persons. Up to 3 prosecutors from each of the SADC countries participated, physically and virtually. The
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November 17, 2021

UNODC Trains members of the Anti-Trafficking Inter-Ministerial Committee (ATIMC) of Zimbabwe on Combating Trafficking in Persons

Mutare, 8-11 November 2021 – UNODC, under the framework of the Southern Africa Migration Management (SAMM) project and in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage facilitated a four-day training workshop from the 8 – 11 November 2021 on combating Trafficking in Persons (TIP) for members of
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November 12, 2021

IOM, supported by the EU, donates medical items to support the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s COVID-19 response

  Gaborone, Botswana 12 November 2021 — Since the first confirmed case of the COVID-19 pandemic in Botswana on 30 March 2020, the Government of Botswana has implemented targeted responses to curtail the spread of the virus and minimize the socio-economic effects of the pandemic. As a way of complementing
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