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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

human trafficking

  • Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married before their 18th birthday. More than one in three (about 250 million) entered into union before age 15. Boys are also married as children, but girls are disproportionately affected.

  • The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development followed an outcry by requesting the SALRC to include in its programme an investigation into the practice of ukuthwala.

  • A full report  presented to the 12th Annual Conference of the South African Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (SAPSAC). So what about Ukuthwala? In its most basic description it is the practice of kidnapping girls for marriage. Forced marriage is illegal.