• Ajwang' Warria Department of Social Work, University of Johannesburg
  • Hanna Nel Department of Social Work, University of Johannesburg
  • Jean Triegaardt Department of Social Work, University of Johannesburg



child, trafficking, child trafficking, children, rights, protection, social worker, transnational, assessment


Child trafficking violates children’s rights and undermines their protection. Under-identification of child victims of trafficking has been reported to be a challenge globally and in South Africa. This article illustrates the process a social worker could apply when identifying child victims of transnational trafficking. Findings of the qualitative research reveal that there is no single point of entry for a trafficked child and thus there can be several actors in the identification process; it was also found that initial care and protection are also essential. The role of social workers in the identification-assessment-care process is highlighted. 


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Author Biographies

Ajwang' Warria, Department of Social Work, University of Johannesburg

Ms Ajwang’ Warria, PhD candidate, Department of Social Work, University of Johannesburg

Hanna Nel, Department of Social Work, University of Johannesburg

Professor at the Department of Social Work, University of Johannesburg

Jean Triegaardt, Department of Social Work, University of Johannesburg

Professor at the Department of Social Work, University of Johannesburg


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