Sunday, March 21, 2010

South Africa to Fast-Track Law Before World Cup

With the World Cup coming to South Africa in June of this year, human trafficking is expected to see an increase. That is why legislators in South Africa are fast-tracking a comprehensive law against human-trafficking that began in 2003.

Efforts are being made to bring together pieces of legislation that would make perpetrators of this law face harsh punishments like life imprisonment. The legislation is not sparked by the World Cup, but with the influx of people soon to come officials see the event as a potential dangerous time for increased trafficking.

Now with the new bill expected to be in place before June 2010, courts have extra jurisdiction for acts outside the borders of South Africa and Internet providers are asked to report any suspicious activity. This law will help to protect the most vulnerable people in South Africa and beyond.

-Nick Mohazzabfar