‘New rules our bid to curb child trafficking’

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IOL Fatima Chohan INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS Deputy Home Affairs Minister Fatima Chohan File picture: Ziphozonke Lushaba

Johannesburg - Child trafficking has become an increasing problem in Africa and the world, Deputy Home Affairs Minister Fatima Chohan said.

“The Department of Home Affairs has the responsibility to act in an endeavour to curb this evil,” she said in a speech in Johannesburg.

“For this reason, we have now put in place various requirements when people travel across our borders with a child.”

Chohan said people would have to get used to the provisions as they were “here to stay”.

The requirements were:

* When parents travelled with a child they had to produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of both parents;

* In the case of one parent travelling with a child, in addition to producing an unabridged birth certificate, a consenting affidavit from the other parent had to be produced.

* When a person travelled with a child who was not his/her biological child, they had to provide a copy of the child’s unabridged birth certificate, a consenting affidavit from the parents/legal guardian, copies of the identity documents/passports of the parents/legal guardian, and their contact details.

“These provisions form part of our international commitments to root out child-trafficking,” said Chohan.

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