Mensehandelbewustheid | Human Trafficking Awareness

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Innocence

Elmarie Swanepoel
Oil on canvas
900X600
R6480

Credit: Freedom Exhibition Gallery

The year is 2013, but child slavery is still taking place right under our noses. The first week of October was Human Trafficking Awareness Week and the Freedom Exhibition opened at Freedom Park. The exhibition runs until the end of October. Corinne Sandenberg of Stop Trafficking and Marisa de Lange, curator of the Freedom Exhibition, talk to Naomi Meyer about a topic everybody wants to avoid.

Dis 2013, maar kinderslawerny vind steeds onder ons neuse plaas. Vroeg-Oktober was Mensehandelbewustheidsweek, en 'n uitstalling om mense se aandag op die onderwerp te vestig, het by Freedom Park geopen. Dié uitstalling duur tot die einde van die maand. Corinne Sandenberg van Stop Trafficking en Marisa de Lange, kurator van die Freedom Exhibition, gesels met Naomi Meyer oor 'n onderwerp waaroor mense nie graag praat nie.

Corinne, thank you for your time. Please tell our readers about your background.

I'm from STOP (Stop Trafficking Of People), an NPO operating since 2008, involved with all aspects of the combating of Human Trafficking in South Africa and  abroad. 

What is human trafficking and why should we care? Isn’t it all about poor children from poor communities – how does it affect all of us?

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery – it is the buying, selling and abuse of and trafficking in persons. This is the greatest crime against humanity ... criminals are preying on the vulnerable of our society: widows, orphans and transient strangers. This crime is becoming the biggest money-spinner in the organised crime world and it does not affect only the poor. The subversive nature of the crime gets to all strata of society. Media deception (cyber tricking and trapping) is rife.

 Releasing Power

 Belinda Cumberlege
 Charcoal Pencil on Paper
 900X600
 R4700 SOLD

Credit: Freedom Exhibition Gallery

You mention staggering figures of children being trafficked. What kinds of jobs can children be used for and are there children from all walks of life being trafficked?

Unattended and neglected children are the most vulnerable. Children are trafficked for child labour; and later, when they are older, also for sexual exploitation. In Africa there are child soldiers. There is trafficking in body parts (organ theft for transplants) and muti for witchcraft. And there are forced marriages, under the blanket of ukutwala).

What can any of our readers do to help? Can we help at all? Are we not talking about syndicates and societies impossible to change?

There is much you can do to help:

- Become a part of our awareness teams and come and do training with Freedom Climb. We have amazing tools to go into the schools with and do awareness with them. 
– Go to your local church and ask to do an awareness program with the church and the Sunday School and youth.
– Write letters and articles to newspapers and magazines in response to stuff happening that we hear of in the news and elsewhere.
– Become part of the abolitionists in South Africa and stand up for the freedom of the slaves in bondage in this lucrative crime.
– Be the eyes and ears of the community and report anything fishy to the following numbers: 0800073728 / 08000RESCUE. Or  0800555999 or 0800055555.
– Fight for prostitution not to be decriminalised in South Africa. We could very much become the biggest brothel in Africa, should this happen.
– No syndicate or society is impossible to change or arrest. If civil society and government (police, social services, home affairs, NPA, border patrol) take hands and close all the holes in the protective net, we can combat and eradicate this insanity against humankind.

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 Exodus

Marisa de Lange
Mixed media  on canvas
1200X900
R12 000

Credit: Freedom Exhibition Gallery

Marise, hoekom dink jy vind mensehandel plaas?

Dit gebeur eenvoudig omdat 'n gemeenskap nie meer 'n gemeenskap is nie. Dit gebeur omdat mense kwesbaar is, op die rand van die samelewing beland omdat die lewe gebeur. Daar gebeur dinge met mense en hulle word eenkant toe geskuif.

Hoe het julle die kunstenaars genooi om deel te neem?

Die kunstenaars het besluit: kom wees 'n stem vir diegene wat nie kan praat nie. Die kuns het ingestroom, en dit het soos 'n simfonie geword.

Watse boodskap wil jy vir die wêreld oor hierdie onderwerp gee?

Net dat ons ons oë moet oopmaak; dat ons daar moet wees vir mekaar.

Vertel asseblief vir ons lesers van die Freedom Exhibition.

Is die uitstalling nog aan die gang?

Die uitstalling is nog by Freedom Park tot 30 Oktober 2013. Galery-ure is 09h00–17h00 daagliks.

Dit is die einde van hierdie spesifieke reeks kunswerke, want op 1 Nov gaan werke na hul eienaars wat dit gekoop het.  Ons sal graag nog ’n gleentheid wil hou, moontlik vir Ambassades voor die einde van die maand, maar dit is nog nie gefinaliseer nie.

Daar mag dalk volgende jaar weer ’n Freedom Exhibition wees, maar die tyd sal leer.

Daar is nog kunswerke te koop. Die kunswerke by die uitstalling is aangrypend en deur bekende kunstenaars geskep. Kyk op ons webwerf – Freedom Exhibition – watter werke is nog beskikbaar; die pryse is ook daarby.

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