IOM welcomes anti-trafficking law in South AfricaListen /
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has welcomed the recent signing into law of a bill to prevent and ban trafficking in persons in South Africa.
South African President Jacob Zuma signed the long-awaited Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill on 29 July.
IOM spokesperson, Jumbe Omari Jumbe, tells UN Radio that this law is very significant because it makes trafficking in persons a crime.
"On top of that, if an offender is found guilty, he will be made to pay a huge fine that is up to $10 million or risk a life imprisonment, sometimes both. So this is a very fine law with maximum deterrent punishment there could be. And also, the fine about this law is that perpetrators may be forced to pay their victims because in many cases the victims are forgotten in this." (26")
Jumbe Omari Jumbe says the anti-trafficking law in South Africa can serve as an example and encourage other African countries to follow suite.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.