Message from Billy Last, CEO, LexisNexis SA

The single factor that will turn a vulnerable or destitute person into a victim of human trafficking is the basic absence of the Rule of Law. The Rule of Law is the concept that a functioning society needs an accessible, independent and transparent legal system, along with a set of laws that everyone, including the government, follows. Where the Rule of Law is strong, day-to-day essentials such as health, safety, shelter, employment, education and family are often taken for granted. Where the Rule of Law is weak, the above mentioned essentials are often absent and suffocating poverty, debilitating illness, human rights violations and government corruption stand in their place.

LexisNexis believes that sustainable social, political and economic progress can only exist in societies where the Rule of Law exists. This is why, as a company, we are globally committed to the Rule of Law principle and will continue to work throughout the world to help consolidate and update the laws of all countries.

Not only do we want to raise awareness about this heinous crime around the globe, but we also aim to assist governments in finding solutions to improve the effectiveness of their legal systems by providing reliable legal resources in printed and electronic formats. LexisNexis has already launched many publications in various countries, which are currently available in a range of options from the sophisticated and time-saving online and CD formats to the traditional printed work. Until recently, many developing countries have not had formal published copies of laws and law reports, making it very difficult to consistently apply any legislation that may have been in place.

Past few years LexisNexis South Africa has been actively involved in the fight against human trafficking and has redirected all its CSR efforts towards this cause."

What is The Rule of Law?

The Rule of Law, in its most basic form, is the principle that no person is above the law. The rule follows from the idea that truth, and therefore law, is based upon fundamental principles which can be discovered, but which cannot be created through an act of will.

About Human Trafficking

Simply defined, human trafficking is forcing or manipulating a person against their will into sexual or labour exploitation, within their own country or across borders.

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.