Police have appealed to people, especially women, to be cautious when responding to online or telephonic job applications.
This after recent reports of attempted kidnapping and trafficking of children and women.One incident caught on camera took place in Florida, Johannesburg, where a man’s attempt to snatch a four-year-old girl dining with her mother was foiled when a restaurant owner came to the child’s rescue.
National police spokesperson, Brigadier Vish Naidoo, said in a statement on Tuesday people must adopt a collective approach to ensure that no one becomes a victim of this crime.
He said some victims, especially women, are promised jobs only to be trafficked for sex.
“We have heard sporadic reports in the past of young people, especially females, lured away from their homes on the promise of lucrative jobs, only to find themselves trafficked for sex,” he said.
“The cases of kidnapping, abduction and missing persons are of serious concern to the South African Police Service (SAPS). The SAPS together with other government departments have put both proactive and reactive interventions in place to decisively deal with such cases,” Naidoo said.
He said each of these crimes are committed under different circumstances and with different motivations.
“Persons may be reported missing following a crime that may have been committed like murder, kidnapping, abduction or the missing person may have just simply run away from home. Whatever the circumstances, such must be reported immediately to the police and there is no waiting period for such a matter to get reported,” he said.
According to the South African National Human Trafficking Hotline, only 1% of kidnapped victims are rescued.