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About the Project

What are we seeing and hearing in the media about child protection and human trafficking? What is the media missing?

This project will explore this question and hopes to fill in the gaps. We aim to increase the amount and improve the quality of media reporting on human trafficking and child protection.

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See & hear

Child Safety Measures during the World Cup – how did we do?

“There was no money set aside (by government) for the protection of children.”

(Gyan Dwarika, Social Work Advance Specialist: Child Exploitation, Department of Social Development)

With children on extended holidays for the duration of the World Cup, there were concerns that the sporting event brought with it new threats and risks in terms of children’s safety. Children from Saxonwold and Naturena Primary Schools in Johannesburg wanted to find out what was done to keep children safe during the World Cup, how effective they had been, and what role the media had played!

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Facts & Info


Human Trafficking is a form of modern slavery. A person has been trafficked if he or she has been moved within a country or to another country, as a result of force, fraud, or manipulation and is exploited or made to work as a slave. A slave is forced to work or is exploited under threat of violence for no pay, beyond subsistence (the least possible amount of food or money that a person needs to survive).

This is the MMA prescribed definition drawn up referencing the UN and Benjamin E. Skinner's definitions to best convey the fundamentals of the issue....Read all


Invitation: Ukuthwala Photography Exhibition

Media Monitoring Africa presents and invites you to a photography exhibition on the practice of ukuthwala themed: “The Silence Beyond the River: Encounters with the lives of ukuthwala”. The exhibition runs from 1 - 15 November 2013 at The Bailey Gallery, Arts on Main, 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg.

Contact Joanne Walker (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); 011 788 1278) to be part of the opening launch. Otherwise the exhibition will be open to the public from 8pm on Friday 1 November 2013. We hope to see you there.

Saturday Star publishes MMA’s insiders insight into SA’s anti-traffciking efforts

MMA's Child Protection & Trafficking Programme Head, Melanie Hamman and has followed up her article in Saturday Star (11/02/2012 p.11) with a second article that gives more of an insiders insight into the progress made in efforts to begin to combat this highly complex issue in South Africa.

Saturday Star tells MMA’s Tangled Trafficking Tale

MMA’s Child Protection & Trafficking programme head, Melanie Hamman, was recently published in the Saturday Star (11/02/2012, p11) In the article Melanie speaks about the subtle hidden crime of human trafficking in South Africa.How when it occurs and is even reported on it is seldom seen or identified; and the importance of exposing it whenever it is found.

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Champs & Chumps

Saturday Star failed to identify a case of human trafficking

An excellent story misses the mark, by failing to identify a case of human trafficking, calling it instead “kidnapping” and “prostitution.”

Eye Witness News misses an opportunity to raise awareness

Eye Witness News fails to raise awareness about human trafficking in South Africa

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Survivor Tales


Precious was barely a teenager when she found herself trapped in a life of exploitation and hurt, a life that was not of her choosing. She grew up in a township just outside Johannesburg, but when the relationship with her mother broke down she was kicked out of home. To survive she turned to the streets.
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