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16 Days of Activism against Women and Children Abuse
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16 Days of Activism against Women and Children Abuse

16 Days of Activism against Women and Children Abuse is a global campaign that South Africa participates in. The campaign was initiated in 1991 by the Women’s Global Leadership Institute[1]. They have allocated the theme of ‘ending gender-based violence in the world of work to this year’s campaign. UN Women have also encouraged conversation about...

JHB Outreach – Fikile’s Story
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JHB Outreach – Fikile’s Story

Trigger warning: Many readers may find the following accounts to be graphic and/or disturbing. In August a team of volunteers spent the month visiting the city, Johannesburg to speak to some of the prostitutes on the city streets. This is a weekly and monthly outreach that takes place in our city. This is Fikile’s* story...

Let’s talk about teen pornography!
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Let’s talk about teen pornography!

Trigger warning: Many readers may find the following accounts to be graphic and/or disturbing. In South Africa this month we celebrate Youth Day on June 16th. We take the time to soberly remember the Soweto Uprising of 1976, where some of our most vulnerable were killed and injured for standing up against injustices they faced....

Freedom Day 2019: Unabolished Slavery
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Freedom Day 2019: Unabolished Slavery

South Africans celebrated Freedom Day on Saturday 27th April. This day commemorates the first national democratic election following the dissolution of apartheid in 1994. Voters numbering 19.7 million gathered freely to cast their vote to determine the type of South Africa they wanted to see[1]. Despite our many successes as a nation, human trafficking is...

Human Rights & Human Trafficking
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Human Rights & Human Trafficking

Human Rights We commemorate our rights in South Africa on the 21st of March. In 1960, in the midst of the destructive machinations of South Africa, the Sharpeville Massacre resulted in 69 protestors against apartheid being shot and killed. The day now offers a time for reflection on our rights and values as a country....

An Introduction to Human Trafficking
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An Introduction to Human Trafficking

Most of us are unaware that the second largest organised crime in the world is Human Trafficking. One of the features of Human Trafficking is its covertness; it is highly inconspicuous unless looked for. It happens wherever people exist: malls, churches, schools, and it favours no specific socio-economic class, country or race. It is everywhere,...

Men and Trafficking: Not Just Perpetrators
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Men and Trafficking: Not Just Perpetrators

Are men in more danger than we thought? Whilst the idea of the human trafficking trade is commonly associated with women forced into trafficking, men and boys are increasingly being identified as victims of human trafficking, making up at least 29% of the trade. From 2006 when 12% of victims recognized were male, in 2014...

Sex Trafficking: Closer Than We’d Like to Think
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Sex Trafficking: Closer Than We’d Like to Think

Defining Sex Trafficking October is human trafficking month. This week we have been defining and discussing the approximately 54% (1) contributing factor of human trafficking, which is sex trafficking. Sex trafficking happens despite age and gender and has over 21 million victims(2). 72% of female trafficking victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation(1). Examples of these...