07 October 2020
North West – The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) in the North West, on Wednesday called for united action against human trafficking.
SANCO described human trafficking as “a heinous crime, the worst form of gender-based violence and new slavery.”
SANCO North West Provincial Chairperson, Paul Sebegoe said “streets must be reclaimed from heartless criminals and expose the network of criminal syndicates that have encroached into communities and are responsible for abduction of young women who are targeted for the drug trade and prostitution market.”
The civic organisation leader urged job seekers to 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.”
Sebegoe said women should avoid lifts with strangers and not to leave their children with strangers.
“Use public transport instead of lifts and keep family members informed of your movements at all times particularly when you are travelling long distances or going out with friends,”
Sebegoe 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.
“Crime prevention structures must be resuscitated in partnership with business, community as well as traditional leaders, churches, education institutions including non-government organisations.”
SANCO advised that Dysfunctional community policing forums should be revived to ensure that sector policing is supported by active citizenry and effective law enforcement to tackle the scourge of gender-based violence.