“Love and Compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama XIV
Without our knowing, people are stolen. Stolen and used. Every day. Suffering, hidden in plain sight. It may seem like a problem for some other far-flung society, but Human Trafficking is rife in South Africa. Right here in our immediate communities, people are deceived by dubious agents and false pretenses of job, education or marriage opportunities and then find themselves forced into a life of slavery.
The unfortunate, painful and frightening reality is that children as young as six months are trafficked, and only 1% of people are ever rescued. It is therefore essential for us to stop the problem at source, and prevent people from being trafficked in the first place before they’re forced into a life of prostitution, forced labour or even killed for their organs – which are used in Muti.
In South Africa, our high unemployment rate and the desperation it creates makes ordinary people vulnerable to exploitation. People are easily tricked into accepting offers; they are then beaten, raped, and drugged until they comply.
Love Justice has since 2004 been implementing what’s called Transit Monitoring. It is one of the most powerful models to prevent people from being trafficked as it identifies people while they are being trafficked and before they can be exploited.
Trained monitors are posted at transit hubs and look for red flags which may indicate that a person is being trafficked. They then approach that person and conduct an interview, seeking to understand the reasons for their travel, validating their story and determining if the person is at risk. If they are found to be at risk, they intervene explaining the red flags and the potential danger they may be exposed to. They educate them on how to seek employment safely and send them home equipped with greater knowledge and understanding.
The horrors of being trafficked are physically, emotionally and psychologically innumerable and we are all responsible for caring for one another safety in this regard. Love Justice says “a huge percentage of porn stars, strippers and prostitutes are not there by choice. They are the victims of trafficking. The demand for pornography and prostitutes drives the trafficking industry. Many people think that their porn habits are innocent, it has become normal for people to consume porn, but they are destroying innocent people’s lives.”
Love Justice has to date has rescued over 330 potential victims of trafficking in 2 years, 40 of which were children. Their global average is R1300 to intercept one victim – so you can partner with them through your generous donation.
Go to www.lovejusticesa.ngo to donate.
To this end, Hot Cares will be donating R10 000 to continue the incredible work that they have begun and continue to do every day.
Hot Cares – Making a Meaningful Difference in the Lives of Those Around Us.