About 50 law enforcement personel, medical professionals, psychologists, social workers and NGOs that work with human trafficking in KZN participated in a workshop on “Child Trafficking and Abuse: Identifying and Assisting Victims” at the U.S. Consulate in Durban on March 17.
U.S. Fulbright Scholar and University of KwaZulu Natal Professor Susan Kreston led the workshop which was attended by National Prosecuting Authority prosecutors, members of the South African Police Service, Durban Metro police and non- profit organizations that support trafficking victims.
The workshop addressed international and South African definitions of trafficking in persons (TIP). Sessions covered the intricacies of working with child victims including basics of preparing young TIP victims (and other victims of child abuse) to testify in court.
Prof Kreston said that while trafficking affects men and women, boys and girls, “It is still a crime predominantly perpetrated against women and girl children. Further it appears that in Sub-Saharan Africa, the percentage of child victims is disproportionate, with children making up 70% of all trafficking victims.”
Professor Susan Kreston is a legal and human rights consultant and she has worked with many national governments, including the South African and United States governments, with a focus on issues of crimes against children and gender based violence. She is an expert on criminal law, domestic violence, child abuse and child trafficking and provides international training in sexual exploitation prosecution.