Annually, 1.2 million children become victims of human trafficking.1 Here is one of their testimonies that is being broadcast by TWR to prevent this atrocious crime:
"My name is Grace and I'm from Mozambique. I'm 17 years old and I have a one-year old baby, but no husband. When I was living in Mozambique, I struggled to make enough money to feed my child. One day my cousin introduced me to a friend of his. His name was Frederick. Frederick told me that he had a connection with a Mozambican restaurant in Cape Town. He told me they were looking for waitresses and that the money was good. He said that he would be able to provide me with a visa and a free ride to South Africa. He said this was a 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' and that I would be able to send money back to my family in Mozambique so that they could look after my baby.
"I will never forget my first days in Cape Town. I was raped and beaten by Frederick, and the next day he took me to a brothel in Green Point. I was told that I must sell myself as a prostitute and if I did not do as I was told, Frederick would kill my baby and my aunt. Frederick told me that I 'owe' him for bringing me here, and that I can't leave until I have paid him back. I'm too afraid to go to the police, because I am in the country illegally and I don't have a passport to get home. Even if I could get away, I don't have enough money. I am forced to sleep with as many as 10 men a day, but I hardly get any of the money. I have been forced to take drugs. I am now addicted to them. Frederick sold me for money. I am now a prostitute and a drug addict. I don't know how I will ever get out of this. If only I hadn't been so trusting."2
This TWR initiative is called God's Precious Little Ones. The project has two goals: awareness and prevention. Programming is envisaged to be done in the following ways:
- 26 episodes of 30 minute discussions with panel members targeting an adult audience;
- Counter-human trafficking themes within regular TWR programmes;
- A three to five minute series of counter-trafficking episodes (incorporating testimonies such as the one above);
- A three to five minute drama-type series directed towards children and youth.
Please pray for this initiative and consider the possibility of supporting it, either with a once-off donation or regular monthly giving.
2. Angelique Ardé (Freelance Journalist & Editor); Loryn Tuffin; Graham Sayer; Justice A.C.T.s - Alliance of Christians Against Trafficking
Published: 31 August 2010