Year after year we hear stories of horrific crime all over the world. From America to Uganda, crime is a constant epidemic that ravages the society, cripples development and forms a constant threat to freedom and the very essence of existence of humanity. Like in most other civilized countries, crime in South Africa has also taken its toll on the country. South Africa sees about 44 murders a day and has one of the highest rate of murder, rape, assault and high jacking in comparison to most countries of the world and when these inhumane acts are torn apart, we see some of the most shocking and gruesome crimes in South Africa. Answers Africa brings you some of the heart wrenching crimes that have been committed in the history of South Africa by convicted culprits.
10 Horrific South African Crimes:
10. Human Trafficking
South Africa is a hot spot for the huge human trafficking industry. From 2000 to 2011, the rate of human trafficking in South Africa was on the increase; most of the victims being young women and children. The question is how do such people end up in the hands of human traffickers? the strategy is simple. Young women are vulnerable and children usually come from poor homes and families where they are neglected by the parents and are persuaded to take jobs in a bigger city and make money to live a better life. To improve the chances of conversion, they use women from similar background whose “lives have changed” and when they to the cities, they end up being kidnapped and forced to work as sex slaves. According to Barbara Ras who is the founder of the Atlantis Women’s Movement and a shelter for trafficked victims, she states that these girls are drugged, raped and blackmailed if they try to escape.
People are sold for multi and organ “donation”, babies and children are used for sexual exploitation, cheap labour and even forced marriage. In Durban, police have found girls as young as 12 years old selling their young bodies on the streets. In 2000, it was estimated by the social workers and officers of the Child Protection Unit that there were 28 000 child prostitutes in South Africa and the Network Against Child Labor estimates that there are 400,000 children working against their will in South Africa.