Trafficking in Persons in South Africa

Trafficking in Persons in South Africa

Project Description

The purpose of this research program is to strengthen the capacity of South African institutions (HEI, government, and NGOs) to partner in the generation of robust data and socially-relevant studies, which are aimed at revealing the nature and magnitude of trafficking in persons (TIP) in South Africa. It is envisioned that evidence-based studies will create a baseline and shed light on the complex characteristics of trafficking, and will target the underlying drivers of exploitation. This will enable the South African government to respond with policy changes that address the underlying drivers of TIP. Outcomes are expected to be (1) expansion and integration of TIP research capacity; (2) building and strengthening collaboration, partnerships and networks; (3) building and strengthening individual and institutional capacity building to be more responsive to TIP needs in South Africa; and (4) promoting effective participation in the global research agenda – thus enabling TIP best practices to be shared via North-South and South-South linkages. 

Sector: Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance

Region: Africa

USAID Operating Unit/Mission: USAID/South Africa

Buy-In Amount: $731,831

Lead Implementer:  Khulisa Management Services and University of Missouri – St. Louis

Other Implementer(s): University of Witwatersrand, University of Missouri, Colombia, Washington University, St. Louis, University of the Western Cape (UWC)

Duration: 05/18/2020 – 03/18/2022


The team plans to conduct fieldwork, which includes key informant interviews with government departments, civil society organisations, other stakeholders (such as business sector representatives); in-depth interviews with victims of trafficking; survey administration to perpetrators, labor organisations, the police and investigative services, private security companies, support telephonic services, migrants and people at risk. The policy and legal review, evaluation case studies, thematic analysis, statistical analysis and qualitative analysis of all data will follow, prior to the write up of the research reports, framework reports, policy and research briefs. The team will complete the pilot phase and release the service provider survey with the support of the Freedom Network and government agencies.  The team will conduct training of 9 South Africa-based research assistants, many of whom are students at UWC, and train on-site recruiters. On-site recruiters will refer participants to our RA for prevalence survey data collection. The provider survey will inform phase 3 of the project, social media analysis. Dissemination will occur via policy seminars, policy briefs, and with infographics.

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