15 child trafficking cases detected at OR Tambo Airport

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BONUS – RUSTENBURG – Since January, the Department of Home Affairs has dealt with 15 cases of child trafficking at the OR Tambo International Airport, says former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.

On Thursday (30 March), Gigaba briefed the media on three cases, which involved the attempted trafficking of eight children. Two of them were South Africans.

Two of these cases, which are still being investigated, involved the use the fraudulently acquired South African documents.

On Wednesday, a Nigerian man and woman were prevented from departing the country with three children with fraudulently acquired travel documents.

According to Minister Gigaba, in terms of the newly introduced visa regulations, any South African travelling with a child must produce an unabridged certificate for the child that proves a relationship between the traveller and the minor.

“It’s our responsibility to protect those children to stop criminals in their acts, to collaborate with the countries of origin and the countries of destination to curb this scourge because it is raising enormous concern for us,” Minister Gigaba said.

He said South Africa would expect the same level of responsibility from the neighbouring countries as well.