Africa Regional Consultation on Human Trafficking

An Africa Regional Consultation on Human Trafficking was held in Cape Town, South Africa from May 2-6 2016. The consultation brought together over 30 participants was convened by the Salvation Army, Anglican Alliance, the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa; it was hosted by Hope Africa of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. CAPA was represented by delegates from a number of the Provinces as well as staff from the Secretariat.

The purpose of the consultation was to strengthen the capacity of churches for an effective response to human trafficking across Africa. The participants shared and deliberated at length on best practiceswith a focus on the 6Ps (prevention, protection, prosecution, partnerships, policy and participation) with emphasis on care and support for survivors, and in policy and advocacy work.

The meeting focussed on trends of modern day slavery within Africa, as well as to and from Africa. The delegates were able to outline the routes used by traffickers but all agreed that internal traffiking within African Countries was a real challenge. There was also sharing of experiences from survivors as well as from those involved in responses . We had speakers from IOM South Africa and the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs in South Africa who articulated on the response of governments and international bodies to Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking. The participants also had a time of prayer and reflection to deepen and share faith foundations for this work.

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