The photo that changed my life: 17 years later

Heading Image: May 26, 2001—Mumbai, India (c) 2001 Diana Scimone “Do you see the cages in that window?” my contact asked. “Cages?” I repeated with horror. “What’s in them?” “Five-year-old girls.” I wanted to throw up. With that one sentence, my life was about to change. It was early on a Saturday evening in Mumbai, […]

The Epidemic, Human Trafficking

(as understood by a grade 12 student at St Peters College) Human Trafficking is a massive epidemic which needs to be addressed. The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates 248,700 people live in conditions of modern slavery in South Africa. However, numbers and statistics are a superficial way of trying to understand the seriousness and complexity […]

Press Release: NHTRL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rene Hanekom Email: Phone: 0800 222 777 (Cape Town, Western Cape) – On August 30, the new South African National Human Trafficking Resource Line will be launching. A national collaborative initiative to report, respond to and ultimately eradicate Human Trafficking in our country. Throughout centuries, there has been a fight […]

National Human Trafficking Resource Line

Dear Colleagues What an honour it is to stand up in the fight for justice with you all! We are sure you will agree that this is such a crucial time in the landscape of South Africa regarding counter-Human Trafficking efforts. We have the long awaited PACOTIP Act but not every role player is yet […]


We are so excited for this short film that has been made to highlight one form of recruitment used by traffickers worldwide, including here in South Africa. It is based on a chapter from Kris Hollington’s book Unthinkable and is due out during Human Trafficking Awareness Week (3 – 7 October 2016). In the meantime… […]

Cycle For Freedom

Love cycling? Want to do something different to celebrate the 20th “94.7 Cycle Challenge” this year? Then why not Cycle For Freedom? Join the NFN team to ride against human trafficking. For more info or to join the team please contact Jannie Coetsee at

Safe House Support – Report

SAFE HOUSE SUPPORT REPORT FOR 2015/2016 by Annalize Eastes 1. INTRODUCTION Safe House Support envisions strengthening and supporting Safe Houses registered for Human Trafficking (HT) victims, as well as organisations that work with HT victims. This is done by: · equipping them with information and resources, · encouraging safe house staff and victims of HT, · […]

SA Law Reform Commission: Information Sessions

This post is a culmination of recent discussions on various platforms, task team meetings and UNISA’s 2014 Public Dialogue on ‘Law Enforcement of Counter Trafficking in Persons Under Liberalised Sex Work Conditions’ which was attended by Department of Justice (DOJ), National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Hawks (SAPS), National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence Against […]

The Time Has Come: PACOTIP Act in Operation!

As of Sunday, 9 August 2015, the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act (7/2013) has come in to operation according to the Regulation Gazette (No 39078) of 07 August 2015. It is anticipated that with the commencement of this Act that South Africa will see significantly more cases of human trafficking identified and […]