Tebogo Msimanga |
The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) in the North West on Wednesday called for united action against human trafficking which it described as a heinous crime, worst form of gender-based violence and slavery .
SANCO Provincial Chairperson, Paul Sebegoe appealed for vigilance and urged communities to support the police’s effort to get to the bottom of the rising trend terrorising the vulnerable
” We must reclaim our streets from heartless criminals and expose the network of criminal syndicates that has encroached into our communities responsible for abduction of young women who are targeted for the drug trade and prostitution market,” asserted Sebegoe.
Sebogoe emphasised that job seekers must exercise extreme caution and avoid being lured to isolated spots for interviews by dubious schemers. “Desperation must not override the need to verify beforehand the authenticity of job offers and the track records of prospective employers,”
He urged women to avoid hitch-hiking with strangers and not to leave their children with strangers.
He stressed that increasing police visibility and crime prevention operations such as roadblocks as well as stop and searches will deter opportunistic crime that is on the increase.