On December 1st, the “World AIDS Day”, some of our Justice ACTS team members went to Cape Town once again, this time to demonstrate in front of a Night Club. “Mavericks” has more than 100 women “employed”, but has failed to prove to the Immigration Authorities that they have legal working papers. This raises a huge red flag when it comes to Human Trafficking. The demonstration was a joint effort of several NGO’s who want to bring this business down and encourage the High Court to give such a ruling in a pending court case initiated by the Department of Home Affairs.
I am holding a sign “Pass the TIP bill”, a comprehensive law about Trafficking in Persons, which the South African government has still not passed after almost 2 years of discussion about it. Even though our group was small, a photo appeared in the local newspaper “Cape Argus” the next day!