Africa’s human trafficking is flourishing, and SA is on its route

At least 40-million people globally are estimated to be trapped in modern slavery as poverty, conflict and natural disaster fuel the growing global trade. From men forced to work in factories, farms and on fishing boats and women made to sell sex to people exploited for their organs and children sent to beg, human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises.

The eastern African region — located at the centre of traditional routes taken by migrants to get to Europe, the Middle East, the Gulf and SA — is particularly prone to traffickers who prey on vulnerable people, said experts.

Libya is the main departure point for African migrants attempting to reach Europe by sea, with more than 600,000 migrants crossing the Mediterranean to…

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