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South African government and UN support- signatories to the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking Persons, especially Women and Children (2000 & 2004). Yet there was no legislature that directly addressed human trafficking in South Africa.
South Africa needed to align its domestic law with international law and have a legal framework that directly addressed human trafficking. In 2009 Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill would seek to prosecute culprits to prevent trafficking.
Rationale behind this was to address inadequacies in the South African common law and statutory law of trafficking in persons adequately. The background the of the South African Constitution enshrines the right to human dignity, the right to freedom and security of the person, which includes the right not to be deprived of freedom arbitrarily or without just cause, the right not to be subjected to slavery, servitude or forced labour, and the right of children to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation
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