Combatting Human Trafficking

What it takes to turn a person who is destitute and vulnerable into a slave, is the absence of the Rule of Law. That is why we are committed to the Rule of Law principle, to establish advanced legal systems in places where human beings are seen as commodities.”
– LexisNexis South Africa, Chief Executive Officer, Billy Last.

It is estimated that one million people, mostly women and children, are trafficked around the world each year. These people are lured into involuntary servitude and sexual slavery.

South Africa is one of the major source, transit and destination countries for trafficked women and children. Some of the major routes for trafficking include Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Durban and Johannesburg.

LexisNexis is committed to combating human trafficking by offering direct financial support, through promoting awareness, sponsoring victims support and assisting with training and education initiatives.

One organisation that we proudly sponsor is the Open Door Crisis Centre which was established in 1997. The Open Door Crisis Care Centre is a unique “One Stop” centre offering counselling, social services and support to victims of crisis and trauma by a multifaceted, multidisciplinary team of professionals and lay counsellor’s. In addition to providing direct support to Open Door Crisis Centre, LexisNexis sponsors special events aimed at raising awareness of the existence of human trafficking worldwide.


  • October 2010: More than 400 street children to benefit from LexisNexis big walk
  • In October 2010 more than 400 street children directly benefited from a d LexisNexis Big Walk, which saw more than R90 000 being raised for I Care, a rehabilitation centre for street children in Kwa Makhutha, south of Durban.

    The UN has estimated the population of street children worldwide at a staggering 150 million, with the number rising daily. Many consider this a conservative figure. Ranging in age from three to eighteen, about 40% are homeless. Certainly not all street children become victims of human trafficking. But children do constitute more than half of all those snared by traffickers. Children fending for themselves in the gritty streets of slums in cities around the world, are surely at greater risk than any other single population. Increasingly, these children are the defenseless victims of brutal violence, sexual exploitation, abject neglect, chemical addiction, and human rights violations.

  • August 2012: Producing and Donating of South Africa’s first ever Human Trafficking Compendium
  • LexisNexis took action and consulted with the SAPS, members of the South African justice system and NGOs to find a way to manage the trafficking of persons. Ultimately, LexisNexis decided to do what it does best – supply information in a coherent and accessible way.

    The result is a box set of A6-sized pocket books. This special compendium contains all South African legislation, existing and proposed, which in any way impacts on human trafficking. It also includes codes, basic guidelines and explanatory commentary.

    This compendium is small enough for the authorities to take on the road with them, yet comprehensive enough to act as a complete reference in the office.

    Vuyo Dwane the HR Director of LexisNexis South Africa had this to say at the handover event “We wanted to provide everyone in the system – particularly the specialised enforcement and prosecution units with a ready reference guide to the weapons they have available to tackle those responsible for human trafficking and to protect the thousands of victims.”

    The copies of the compendiums were handed over to a representative of the South African Police Services.

  • October 2012: Extreme Make-Over Home Edition for Open Door Crisis Centre and Ikhaya Le Themba
  • LexisNexis Durban staff got their hands dirty in an event similar to “Extreme Make-Over Home Edition”. This Cares Day project took place at the Open Door Crisis Care Centre, a Pinetown-based non-profit, one stop crisis and trauma centre offering counseling, social services and support groups for victims of human trafficking. The refurbishment of the centre’s main administration building and safe house called Ikahya Le Themba – which accommodates 15 abused women and children – was the main project for the day.
    Ikhaya Le Themba is the preferred shelter for victims where a holistic approach is used to bringwomen and children to a point of healing and restoration.

  • October 2012: Ons Plek Pamper Day
  • Staff from the Cape Town office spent their Cares Day with girls from a shelter called Ons Plek, which accommodates 25-30 girls who have lived, worked and begged on the streets of the Western Cape. It is the only residential Child and Youth Care Centre in Cape Town which specialises in developmental and therapeutic intake services for girls in these positions. The staff spoilt the girls with teddy bears, a fun day of games and even treated the ladies to manicures and pedicures.

  • October 2012: Mercy House
  • LexisNexis staff based in Johannesburg lend their support to renovate Mercy House, a non-profit organisation that accommodates women and children who have been victims of human trafficking. Mercy House takes in traumatised women, providing shelter and basic comforts of life to them and their children. Often the victims of domestic violence, these women are taught to rediscover their self-worth and empowered towards financial independence through income generating skills taught to them by Mercy House. LexisNexis volunteers planned various renovation activities and in addition, hosted a pamper day for the ladies who live there.

  • 11 October 2012: Screening of “Not my Life” documentary at University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • LexisNexis hosted a screening event of the ‘Not my life’, documentary on the 11th of October at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. ‘Not my life’ is an 80 minute documentary film narrated by Glenn Close and probes the dark, hidden, and often unspeakable realities of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

    LexisNexis staff based in Johannesburg lent their support to renovate Mercy House, a non-profit organisation that accommodates women and children who have been victims of human trafficking. Mercy House takes in traumatised women, providing shelter and basic comforts of life to them and their children. Often the victims of domestic violence, these women are taught to rediscover their self-worth and are empowered towards financial independence through income generating skills taught to them by Mercy House. LexisNexis volunteers planned various renovation activities and hosted a pamper day for the ladies who live there.

  • December 2012: Cash donation Open Door Crisis Centre
  • Instead of giving gifts to our customers at our annual customer events LexisNexis made a R10 000.00 donation to the Open Door Crisis Care Centre in Durban which does wonderful work in looking after the victims of all kinds of crime, abuse, illness and inhumanity – including those who have been subjected to human trafficking.

  • Trafficking in Persons Report
  • The U.S. State Department highlights the efforts of LexisNexis® to aid human trafficking victims in a new report on the issue, 2012 TIP Report.

    "The ninth annual Trafficking in Persons Report sheds light on the faces of modern-day slavery and on new facets of this global problem," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "The human trafficking phenomenon affects virtually every country, including the United States. In acknowledging America’s own struggle with modern-day slavery and slavery-related practices, we offer partnership. We call on every government to join us in working to build consensus and leverage resources to eliminate all forms of human trafficking."

    Under the heading of "Public-Private Sector Partnerships: A Powerful Tool," LexisNexis is noted for:

    • Partnering with the U.S. National Human Trafficking Resource Centre to develop a national database of social service providers;
    • Partnering with a leading anti-trafficking NGO and teaching technical skills to the shelter's staff;
    • Creating an online resource centre for attorneys who work with human trafficking victims;
    • Collaborating with the American Bar Association to support a training institute on civil remedies for TIP victims.

    Download 2012 TIP Report

  • Advancing Judicial Independence
  • As part of its global Rule of Law Initiative, the American Bar Association in 1990 founded the Central European and Eurasian Initiative, also known as CEELI, as its first international technical legal assistance program. In 2000, CEELI founded the CEELI Institute, an international, independent, non-profit educational entity dedicated to advancing the Rule of Law by supporting the law reform process in Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East.

    LexisNexis has funded four significant LexisNexis Scholarship packages to the CEELI Institute. The scholarships, to be awarded annually, will enable judges, lawyers and legal reformers from around the world to attend training classes at the CEELI Institute in Prague, and Czech Republic, to prepare them to meet the challenges of democratization in Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union. Training focal areas include anti-corruption/public integrity, criminal law reform, combating human trafficking, as well as judicial, legal education and legal profession reform.
    - See more at: http://www.lexisnexis.co.uk/en-uk/about-us/corporate-responsibility/ceeli.page

  • Furthering Women’s Rights
  • Vital Voices Global Partnership believes in the transformative value of women's participation in society. Founded in 1999, this non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) invests in emerging women leaders-pioneers of economic development, political participation, and human rights in their countries and helps them build the capabilities, connections, and credibility they need to unlock their potential as catalysts of global progress.

    LexisNexis is a proud supporter of Vital Voices. In 2007, Elizabeth Rector, Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility for LexisNexis was a panel speaker in Vital Voices of Eurasia: A Leadership Summit for Women & Girls. Launched in Kyiv, Ukraine, the summit was held to advance civil society and combat human trafficking in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Over the course of this four-day event, 150 attendees from 25 countries received business training, leadership development and mentoring.

    We believe if we engage our resources on this issue we can join with many others to end the exploitation of women, advance human rights for all people, and aid in the development of stronger world economies which can result in more opportunities for women.
    - See more at: http://www.lexisnexis.co.uk/en-uk/about-us/corporate-responsibility/vital-voices.page

  • Trafficking in Persons Report
  • The U.S. State Department highlights the efforts of LexisNexis® to aid human trafficking victims in a new report on the issue, 2012 TIP Report.

    "The ninth annual Trafficking in Persons Report sheds light on the faces of modern-day slavery and on new facets of this global problem," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "The human trafficking phenomenon affects virtually every country, including the United States. In acknowledging America’s own struggle with modern-day slavery and slavery-related practices, we offer partnership. We call on every government to join us in working to build consensus and leverage resources to eliminate all forms of human trafficking."

    Under the heading of "Public-Private Sector Partnerships: A Powerful Tool," LexisNexis is noted for:

    • Partnering with the U.S. National Human Trafficking Resource Centre to develop a national database of social service providers;
    • Partnering with a leading anti-trafficking NGO and teaching technical skills to the shelter's staff;
    • Creating an online resource centre for attorneys who work with human trafficking victims;
    • Collaborating with the American Bar Association to support a training institute on civil remedies for TIP victims.

    Download 2012 TIP Report

  • Advancing Judicial Independence
  • As part of its global Rule of Law Initiative, the American Bar Association in 1990 founded the Central European and Eurasian Initiative, also known as CEELI, as its first international technical legal assistance program. In 2000, CEELI founded the CEELI Institute, an international, independent, non-profit educational entity dedicated to advancing the Rule of Law by supporting the law reform process in Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East.

    LexisNexis has funded four significant LexisNexis Scholarship packages to the CEELI Institute. The scholarships, to be awarded annually, will enable judges, lawyers and legal reformers from around the world to attend training classes at the CEELI Institute in Prague, and Czech Republic, to prepare them to meet the challenges of democratization in Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union. Training focal areas include anti-corruption/public integrity, criminal law reform, combating human trafficking, as well as judicial, legal education and legal profession reform.
    - See more at: http://www.lexisnexis.co.uk/en-uk/about-us/corporate-responsibility/ceeli.page

  • Furthering Women’s Rights
  • Vital Voices Global Partnership believes in the transformative value of women's participation in society. Founded in 1999, this non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) invests in emerging women leaders-pioneers of economic development, political participation, and human rights in their countries and helps them build the capabilities, connections, and credibility they need to unlock their potential as catalysts of global progress.

    LexisNexis is a proud supporter of Vital Voices. In 2007, Elizabeth Rector, Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility for LexisNexis was a panel speaker in Vital Voices of Eurasia: A Leadership Summit for Women & Girls. Launched in Kyiv, Ukraine, the summit was held to advance civil society and combat human trafficking in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Over the course of this four-day event, 150 attendees from 25 countries received business training, leadership development and mentoring.

    We believe if we engage our resources on this issue we can join with many others to end the exploitation of women, advance human rights for all people, and aid in the development of stronger world economies which can result in more opportunities for women.
    - See more at: http://www.lexisnexis.co.uk/en-uk/about-us/corporate-responsibility/vital-voices.page

  • Rule of Law Summit
  • On Thursday, September 19, 2013, LexisNexis—a Reed Elsevier business and a leading global provider of content and technology solutions—and Atlantic Council—a preeminent, non-partisan institution devoted to promoting transatlantic cooperation and international security—proudly introduced the Rule of Law Business Code. Hosted by Mike Walsh, CEO, LexisNexis Legal & Professional, and Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council, this special, invitation-only NYC event will feature a conversation with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon about the state of the rule of law today and the powerful role that global businesses, law firms, NGOs and other organizations each play in advancing its goals around the world. The event will also feature the inaugural LexisNexis Rule of Law awards, presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing the rule of law. Follow us on Twitter® at #ruleoflaw, #LN4ROL and #LNruleoflaw. You can also catch the latest at www.facebook.com/LexisNexis4LawStudents and www.facebook.com/LexisNexisMalaysia.