So what about Ukuthwala? In its most basic description it is the practice of kidnapping girls for marriage.
Forced marriage is illegal. Forced marriage also falls under the purpose of exploitation in the definition of human trafficking. By international law, and in accordance with the parameters for human trafficking set out by the UN; like forced marriage in other parts of the world, such as the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, the practice of ukuthwala as it is being used to today to perpetrate these crimes today in South Africa is most certainly classifiable as human trafficking.