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More harm than good – the politics of child trafficking prevention in South Africa

By T De Gruchy, J Quirk, M Richter and J Vearey.

An important public debate on child trafficking and immigration is taking place in South Africa. Media coverage of this increasingly heated discussion has focused on two duelling government ministers, both of whom are senior members of the ruling African National Congress. In one corner, we have Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom, who recently broke party discipline by publicly talking about the “worrying” impact of new immigration regulations on international tourism. In the other corner sits Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, who has strongly defended the new regulations by repeatedly emphasising their central role in “the protection of children” and ensuring that South Africa is not “viewed by international traffickers as a possible destination”.

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