God's Precious Little Ones

Posted in OLD The Archive

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.

1. http://www.unicef.org/rightsite/sowc/fullreport.php
2. Angelique Ardé (Freelance Journalist & Editor); Loryn Tuffin; Graham Sayer; Justice A.C.T.s - Alliance of Christians Against Trafficking

Published: 31 August 2010