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Historic Anti Trafficking Laws created in South Africa

Our Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People campaign inspires first anti trafficking laws for South Africa

We¡¦re delighted to share a truly historic announcement with you. On Monday 29 July the South African President, Jacob Zuma, signed and passed the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill, turning the bill into law - effective immediately.

This action, inspired by The Body Shop Stop Sex Trafficking campaign, has helped to bring into effect the first anti trafficking laws for South Africa and finally brings the country in line with UN anti trafficking protocols.

The Stop Sex Trafficking petition in South Africa called on the government to pass the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill and following their incredibly successful campaign, the government confirmed it would pass the Bill.

Congratulating the team on this milestone, Paul McGreevy, Director of Values and R&D said: ¡§This is another incredible achievement of our inspirational campaign. Congratulations to all. These laws will help protect children for generations to come in South Africa.¡¨

The Body Shop South Africa¡¦s Campaign Manager, Lana-Anne Abrahams added: ¡§We are elated at the announcement! Up until now trafficking within our country and across international borders has remained largely unaddressed. The passing of the Bill not only criminalises and combats the trafficking of children and young people, but also provides for their protection, treatment and recovery. The operalisation of this bill will curtail the prevalence of innocent individuals falling prey to modern-day slavery.¡¨

In September 2009, The Body Shop started a journey together with ECPAT International and local NGO partners around the world, to campaign to Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People. Our Stop Sex Trafficking Campaign, our biggest campaign ever, has influenced governments in 22 countries to commit to long-term legislative change that will help protect children and young people for many years to come.

Click here to learn more about our Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People campaign.

Click here to learn more about our current campaign to ban animal testing in cosmetics globally

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