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Caution or xenophobia? Navigating the human trafficking issue in SA

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As a Nigerian human trafficking syndicate was uncovered recently, the tensions between ‘putting South Africans first’ and xenophobia have become more intense and it’s time to discuss it in the open.


15 Sep 2020
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Caution or xenophobia? Navigating the human trafficking issue in SA

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It’s not controversial to believe that desperation and poverty breeds crime and around Africa, and that desperation and poverty are hardly a scarcity across the continent. In South Africa, we generally have it better than most so it’s no wonder that South Africa would attract people from the rest of Africa. Are those coming through the borders predisposed to a life of crime? Are they poor and desperate? Are they happy to profiteer on the good that’s left in South Africa? That’s probably true of some, but looking at Twitter, one wouldn’t be blamed for believing that South Africans seemingly...

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