[Stop-traffic] South Africa: CHILD SEX INDUSTRY GROWING RAPIDLY

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] South Africa: CHILD SEX INDUSTRY GROWING RAPIDLY
From: Bruce Harris - Casa Alianza (bruce@casa-alianza.org)
Date: Tue Nov 28 2000 - 14:18:51 EST


                              SOUTH AFRICA
                   CHILD SEX INDUSTRY GROWING RAPIDLY
                            [Source: UNESCO]

Source: UNESCO

Cape Town, South Africa

Child sex was a lucrative market in Gauteng and the Western
Cape, with
children as young as four-years-old being sold into the international
racket, Molo Songololo, a non-governmental organisation (NGO)
said
Wednesday.

The research report was undertaken by the Cape Town-based NGO
dealing
with children's issues, and is endorsed by the Office of the Rights of
the Child, which is based in the Office of the President.

The report, the first of its kind in South Africa, focuses on in-country
trafficking of girl-children, and cross border trafficking of girl and
boy children.

The report also provides information on trafficking routes, the
traffickers, trafficking operations and the conditions in which
children
are held captive.

It indicates the involvement of gangs, trans-national criminal
syndicates and individuals.

The report says children are abducted from city centres by gangs or
debt-bonded by their parents.

Nigerian criminals operating in South Africa were identified as
serious
offenders.

The report said the child sex industry is one of the fastest and most
lucrative criminal enterprises in the world, with estimated profits of
about 12 billion dollars.

The report, which took five months to compile, interviewed 20 girls
and
conducted research in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng
and
KwaZulu-Natal provinces.

The organisation said there were no accurate figures for child
prostitution in South Africa, but that in 1998, one quarter of the
prostitutes arrested in Cape Town were under the age of 18.

"The children's desire for rescue and safety comes across clearly
as a
challenge to a system and society that currently provides little
intervention or response to such children," the organisation said in a
statement.

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Source:
Panafrican News Agency
November 22, 2000
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