Human trafficking hotline 0800 222 777

The fact is that Human Trafficking is a reality! It is an even bigger threat to our children as international travel are more and more accessible to everyone.

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Human Trafficking: It’s the illegal trade of human beings. It’s the recruitment, control and use of people for their bodies and for their labour. Through force, fraud and coercion, people everywhere are being bought and sold against their will, right now in the 21st century.
It sounds a bit far-fetched? The Bulletin recently reported on a Lesotho national that was lured to South Africa on the pretences of a job. She escaped from slavery. The Bulletin also reported on illegal miners, up to 300, living underground at, the now demolished, 6 shaft.
A21.org reports that there are millions of slaves in the world today, more than ever before. A shocking fact is that only 1% of victims are ever rescued.
They also state that Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, generating more than $150 billion USD every year.
There are various types of trafficking.
Sex trafficking – Forcing, deceiving or coercing a person to perform commercial sex.
Forced labour – Forcing a person to work in captivity for little or no pay.
Bonded labour – Forcing a person to work for low wages to pay back an impossible dept. Involuntary Domestic Servitude – Forcing a person to work and live in the same place for little or no pay.
Child soldier – Forcing a child to participate in an armed force.
Traffickers use different methods to recruit victims. When we know how they are trafficked, we are given the power to stop slavery before it starts.
Known ways 21 survivors were trafficked globally–
False job advertisement, Sold by family, Loverboy, Tricked by friend, Abduction, False immigration, and other methods.
There are several sighs to look for when dealing with a suspected victim. Victims are normally controlled by another person, they have controlled movement, Lack of earnings, unfamiliar with the language, there might be signs of physical abuse and substance abuse, there would also be a lack of trust, the list are a little longer.
The fact is that Human Trafficking is a reality! It is an even bigger threat to our children as international travel are more and more accessible to everyone. It is very easy to be vulnerable in a foreign country and to respond to friendly people. A recent film called taken is a prime example of how people can be taken.
A21 has a very good saying: If you suspect it, report it.
There is a national hotline that are operated and manned by A21. They will assist it helping anybody to escape from human trafficking.
The Hotline number is 0800 222 777. Memorise the number. You might be able to save someone one day.
The A21 organisation hosts a “Walk for Freedom” every year.
Walk for Freedom is their global fundraising and awareness event, rallying tens of thousands of people, taking millions of steps, in hundreds of cities all over the world. They walk to disrupt the existence of slavery, shaking its very foundation with each step.
It’s an outward expression of A21’s inward desire to see slavery abolished everywhere—in our cities, in our communities, and in our world. One step at a time and one rand at a time, they fundraise and walk to see a world without slavery.
Last year, they showed up in 475 locations in 50 countries, reaching 70 million people through social media. Each step mattered. Each step made a difference.
But there are millions who have yet to be freed—and this year they continue to walk, to show up, to raise awareness, to fight—for the victims in our cities and around the globe still trapped in slavery.
The Bulletin has partnered with A21 as their media partner for this years “Walk for Freedom” in Secunda.
We will be bringing you more over the next few weeks on how you can make a difference and how you can get involved.

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