A big talking point in immigration law nowadays is the onerous new regulations for travelling with minors, set to become active in June 2015. While the DHA’s heart seems to be in the right place, these regulations are all but good news for anyone in the tourism industry. We of course support every effort to reduce child trafficking in South Africa.
According to the DHA, the general idea is to reduce child trafficking, kidnapping and abduction. Media reports and activists have reported around 30 000 children being trafficked every year. The African media fact-checking service known as Africa Check believes this number to be highly exaggerated and unsubstantiated. They went on to state that such exaggerations, while effective at capturing the attention of the public, create a poor platform for policymaking and resource allocation. In reality, between 2010 and 2011, the South African National Prosecuting authority reported 235 adults and 13 children as victims of human trafficking. Missing Children SA report having dealt with 304 missing children in 2012, 2% (6) of which are due to human trafficking. The amount of child trafficking cases seems to be exponentially less than broadcasted on the media and, unfortunately, it seems the DHA is basing its regulations on the media reports instead of actual statistics. Continue reading