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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....

Taste Freedom @ PlanB The Zone, JHB
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Taste Freedom @ PlanB The Zone, JHB

You can be part of the Taste Freedom campaign by visiting the delicious Plan B Dessertery in The Zone at Rosebank. PlanB are boldly raising awareness of Modern Day Slavery in their store. Support Hope Risen by adding R4 to your next yummy order at Plan B The Zone and help spread Hope, Love & Justice Together we...

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...

Labour exploitation: Are you playing a role?
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Labour exploitation: Are you playing a role?

Cases of forced labour contributes to 38% of all trafficking cases [1]. Forced labour is used to decrease production costs and thereby increase profit margins for businesses. It can be defined as the following: “When a person is forced to work, without their consent, by threats or coercion. This includes bonded labor, forced domestic work,...