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Type of document: News
Topic: Actions/initiatives/projects
Geographic descriptors: South Africa
Language: English
Source: allafrica.com/stories/200508250374.html
Date of publication: 25 August 2005
Long Abstract: The fight against child trafficking received fresh impetus today following the launch of a ground-breaking initiative aimed at combating all forms of child exploitation.

The programme, 'Stop Child Trafficking' was launched here by the United Nations (UN), Western Cape Department of Community Safety, Molo Songololo, United State Embassy and a host of NGOs.

It's objectives include the rolling out of a massive awareness campaign to sensitise the public about the plight of victims of child trafficking, Western Cape Community Safety Minister, Leonard Ramatlakane hailed the initiative as a "gigantic step towards ensuring children were protected and perpetrators brought to justice".

"We want to do it in such a way that members of the public would have the courage to come forward and alert the police on any suspicions of child trafficking. He emphasised the need to take the campaign to the public.

"We wouldn't be launching this kind of initiative if there wasn't anything wrong with our society. However, our society is sick, part of the campaign is aimed at trying to treat this sickness," he said. The campaign is being launched against the backdrop of the release of a UN children's Fund (Unicef) report that paints a horrific picture of child trafficking around the world.

The study revealed that annually 1.2 million children are traded worldwide. It also found that at US 7 billion, trafficking was the fastest growing industry in the world. United Nations Offices on Drugs and Crime representative, Jonathan Lucas said the Stop Child Trafficking initiative was a good example of the level of international cooperation required to combat the scourge.

"The UN has always emphasised that trafficking was a global problem that required a global response," he said. He said trafficking in person was largely the result of unmet demand for cheap and exploitable labour and an increase in demand for sexual services from women and children.

Meanwhile the programme will see law enforcement agencies, justice and social service and labour officials receive top class training on child trafficking. It will also offer support and assistance to victims of trafficking.

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