Every month we run a new Special on Peartree Photography’s website. This month we decided to do it differently and to give something back to a cause close to our hearts. We at Peartree Photography pledge to donate 5 % of our deposit income during the month of February 2010 to STOP (Stop the Trafficking Of People). Their new website will launch this month in an effort to raise a public awareness of this terrible modern day slave trade. Specially with the Soccer World Cup just around the corner …
To view the new video and find out more, see below. It is worth the 5 min watch.
A bit more info: Every year 800,000 people are sold into slavery. That’s ten times more than at the height of the transatlantic slave trade. Slavery is a cold, hard fact of our times… except today it’s called human trafficking. You may have heard of it.
It’s the process of ‘recruiting’ and transporting people by deception and force for the purpose of their exploitation… usually forced prostitution, but sometimes for bonded labour, body parts and domestic servitude. Approximately 80% are women and girls. Up to 50% are minors.
Across Southern Africa today, men, women and children are being deceived with promises of jobs that seem to offer life-lines, but merely mark the beginning of their exploitation. In the light of the Soccer World Cup 2010, this threat is increasing. It has been estimated that as many as a 100,000 women and children will be trafficked, within South Africa’s borders and from other nations, to meet the sexual demands of the fans streaming to the nation.
STOP’s focus is three-fold:
Awareness: Through the media; and through education of young South Africans at both primary and high school level; as well as training the police with a special protocol to adopt toward the victims of trafficking. Until now they were largely treated as criminals.
Victim assistance: STOP is trusting God for a farm on which to start a safehouse where they can begin to rehabilitate victims. Currently, there are no ‘safehouses’ for trafficked people in South Africa and this makes it hard for any raids to be conducted on brothels, as there is nowhere to take the victims once they are rescued.
Legislation: Frighteningly, although South Africa is a source, transit, and destination country in trafficking circles, there is no formal legislation in place to address it. Part of STOP’s campaign is to lobby for this legislation to be passed. This also involves actively resisting the passing of pro-prostitution legislation which paves the way for traffickers – an increase in the sex-trade means a rise in demand, which means a rise in trafficking.
Bad hey … to find out more how you can get involved with STOP, please visit their website here.
Any other photographers out there who want to challenge our giving?! Please go ahead and let me know. Giving is better than receiving!