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Type of document: News
Topic: Trafficking patterns
Geographic descriptors: South Africa
Language: English
Source: www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20060530110058666C298619
Date of publication: 30 May 2006
Long Abstract: Trafficking worst form of child labour - MP

May 30 2006 at 01:23PM

By Linda Daniels

Child trafficking and other forms of abuse against South African children were foremost on MPs' minds on Monday as international Children's Day was acknowledged in parliament.

Monday saw the start of Child Protection Week.

MPs highlighted issues around child abuse and exploitation.

Deputy social development minister Jean Benjamin said trafficking was defined as the worst form of child labour and that no conclusive figures were available on trafficking of children in South Africa.

"The most vulnerable children appear to be those already in disadvantaged situations with trafficking usually aggravating the situation. Recent research by the International Organisation on Migration suggest that SA serves as a source and destination for trafficked children involved in child sexual exploitation and domestic work."

Benjamin said that anecdotal evidence suggests that it is more common that children are taken from the rural areas of South Africa to work in the urban areas, often in domestic work.

Benjamin said that families, communities and other roleplayers must mobilise to protect children.

The DA's Mike Waters said there has been "a staggering increase of 45 percent in the number of child abuse cases being reported.

Waters said that the child protection register had not been properly updated in some provinces and that only 13 383 names appeared on the register.

ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe said that the South African centre for missing and exploited children reports that more than 2 000 are murdered each year and that approximately 900 children are reported missing annually.

Meshoe argued that the sexual offences bill had failed to address the real needs of children.

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