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How does Human trafficking affect your world?

Poster for Red Light Anti Human Trafficking

Poster for Red Light Anti Human Trafficking

December 1, 2010

With the world cup behind us, much of the hype surrounding the human trafficking has died down. But that does not make the danger any less real or a reality that we are facing.

Human trafficking is not something that happens only to underprivileged people who live in places that we can’t pronounce. Human trafficking affects your life more than you realise. Everyday there are young girls in our community who are frightened by people who take their picture at a mall or follow them around a shopping centre. Every day mothers realize that it only take a moment for your child to be lead away from you holding the hand of a stranger.

In every moment of every day, somewhere in South Africa, a women or child becomes a survivor. The start of December marks the start of the 16 day campaign against violence directed at women and children, so it rather fitting that the United Nations has declared December 2nd International Day for the Abolition of Slavery and Red Light Anti Human Trafficking encourage South Africa to declare it too . In 2007 the world celebrated the 200th anniversary of the legal abolition of slavery. But in many parts of the world today, women and children are still being trafficked into slavery.

Red Light Anti Human Trafficking has decided to use this day to make people aware of how much human trafficking affects our everyday lives. Did you know that every year up to 200 000 children are kept on cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast and Ghana? The major chocolate companies buy the raw products of the world trade markets where chocolate from the Ivory Coast and Ghana make up approximately 50% raw product available to make chocolate. And it’s not just chocolate. There are people in slavery all over the world. The US Department of Health and services estimates that 42% of the more or less seventeen thousand people trafficked into the United States each year are forced to work in factories, on farms or as domestic labour.

Red Light Anti Human trafficking would like to encourage you to do your bit to create awareness on Human Trafficking. Our website is full of information that you can use to do some research and we would love to see your comments on our Facebook page or tweet us as well as email us your pictures of you making a stand. We are going to show the world that South Africa cares by loading what we get from the public onto our website. So make a stand and use your voice and the information you find. Whatever you do though, make sure you let those around you know about it!

By Jo-Anne Holroyd (Red Light Anti Human Trafficking)