New South African Human Trafficking Resource Line
An important milestone to combat human trafficking in South Africa has been reached.
On 30 August 2016, the new South African National Human Trafficking Resource Line (NHTRL) was launched. It is tipped by local organisations to not be just another helpline to report human trafficking? In addition to it being an emergency helpline for human trafficking it is also a referral line for other services like training, awareness and information.
The South African National Human Trafficking Resource Line is: 0800 222 777
This line takes calls 24/7 and can assist callers from all 9 of South Africa’s provinces. Tip-off’s and requests for information, training and so forth can also be submitted online via the website, making the Resource Line multimodal to increase accessibility. The Call Specialists who answer calls are professionals, trained trained for purpose who follow international procedures, ensuring the fastest response to each case.
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The Resource Line works in close partnership with many stakeholders in each province to ensure rapid response and effectiveness to each call or request. The line is a single number to call on all Human Trafficking related matters. It is also a national collaboration between civil society and government. In other words, this resource line is a national collaborative initiative to report, respond to and ultimately eradicate Human Trafficking in South Africa.
WHEN SHOULD YOU PHONE?
To report suspected trafficking of persons and submit a tip.
- This can be done by speaking to one of our call specialists or by completing an online tip form.
- All reports are confidential and you may remain anonymous.
When you or someone you know, requires Victim Assistance.
- If you think you are a victim of trafficking and need help, our call specialists are available to guide and support you while connecting you to the necessary partners and emergency services.
When you need information or services related to human trafficking
- This is a new exciting tool to help move South Africa towards the eradication of modern day slavery, by following the Social Media Pages and staying up to date with the latest news. Visit the website to learn more about how you and your loved ones can protect yourself whilst traveling, applying for work or educational opportunities and about online safety measures.
Official Hashtag: #NHTRL #SeeSomethingSaySomething
This news was shared with CCARHT by Professor Beatri Kruger (Criminal Law) from the University of the Free State, South Africa.