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ANGLICAN ‘YOUTH UNDER CONSTRUCTION’: Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Fifty youth from 4 parishes of Kopanong Archdeaconry in the Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist, Limpopo, had a conference on 22 July at St Matthews, Seshego. Our Archdeaconry Chaplain, Thabang gave a presentation on human trafficking. It was very insightful and emotional.
Human trafficking is the 2nd largest crime in the world: approximately 450 000 people are trafficked in Africa every year, children as young as 4 become sex workers, domestic workers from other countries are exploited, and it generates an income of $32 Billion a year. It is in fact a form of slavery. Those being trafficked lose their identity and dignity in the process. They are emotionally and physically abused and introduced to drugs and prostitution.
We were given examples as to how one could be lured into this hideous crime: false adverts, getting lifts (hitch hiking), and sharing too much information and befriending people we don’t know on social media. We discussed ideas for what to do in their parishes to raise awareness of this crime: creating a social media group, making a video and taking pictures with messages against human trafficking, doing plays and presentations in church on a Sunday and perhaps finding a victim /survivor to share their story.
A lot of people think that this is not a serious offense because it is not happening to them personally or because it is hardly spoken about, but the youth now realise how serious it is. We thank the committee for their commitment so that this ministry can grow from strength to strength.
The youth also took time to give back to the community. Food donations were made to St Matthew’s homework club, as the ladies running this programme are funding this from their own pockets.
Submitted by Sheena Pereira
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