What is Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking, also known as Modern-day Slavery, is when a person is taken against their will, deceived or coerced, bought or sold, and exploited for the use of their body or for their labour. It is for the purpose of exploitation and takes place with or without transportation.

What types of Human Trafficking are there and which ones are most common in SA/Africa?

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Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion and is common in South Africa.

domestic servitude

Domestic Servitude

Domestic servitude is a form of human trafficking found in distinct circumstances—work in a private residence—that create unique vulnerabilities for victims. It is a crime in which a domestic worker is not free to leave his or her employment and is abused and underpaid, if paid at all. This is common in South Africa.

forced marriage

Forced Marriage / Ukuthwala

Forced marriage is a marriage in which one and/or both parties have not personally expressed their full and free consent to the union. A child marriage is considered to be a form of forced marriage, given that one and/or both parties have not expressed full, free and informed consent. This is common in South Africa.


Forced Begging

Forced begging means to enforce a person to beg for money through threats, deceit, or other forms of coercion. This is common in South Africa.

forced labour

Forced Labour & Child Labour

Forced labour is any work or service performed against a person's will under the threat of punishment. ... Child labour refers to work for children under the age of 18 that is mentally, physically, socially and/or morally dangerous or harmful and that interferes with their schooling. This is very common in South Africa and especially, wider Africa.

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Child Trafficking

Child trafficking is about taking children out of their protective environment and preying on their vulnerability for the purpose of exploitation. This is common in South Africa.

debt bondage

Bonded Labour/Debt Bondage

Bonded labor, also known as debt bondage, happens when people give themselves into slavery as security against a loan or when they inherit a debt from a relative. It can be made to look like an employment agreement but one where the worker starts with a debt to repay – usually in brutal conditions – only to find that repayment of the loan is impossible. Then, their enslavement becomes permanent. This is common in South Africa.

organ harvest

Organ Trafficking

The procurement, transport, transfer, harbouring or receipt of living or deceased persons or their organs by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability, or of the giving to, or the receiving by, a third party of payments or benefits to achieve the transfer of control over the potential donor, for the purpose of exploitation by the removal of organs for transplantation.

child soldiers

Child Soldiers

A child associated with an armed force or armed group refers to any person below 18 years of age who is, or who has been, recruited or used by an armed force or armed group in any capacity, including but not limited to children, boys and girls, used as fighters, cooks, porters, spies or for sexual purposes.

Where is this happening?

Human Trafficking mostly takes place from rural to urban areas, especially in South Africa. It happens all around us, but is such a hidden crime, that most people are blind to the signs of Human Trafficking.



people are trapped in Human Trafficking, in South Africa, at any given time.


1 - 2%

of trafficked victims ever escape or are rescued!

It is for this reason that STOP’s main focus is Prevention.

What can you do to help?


Become a volunteer

Contact us:

  • Tel/WhatsApp  081-720-7181
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