Mrs POLOKWANE stands up to STOP trafficking | iinfo TZANEEN

What sometimes is the theme in an excellent action movie, has become a tragic reality for many: in the movie Taken, Liam Neeson's character has a teenage daughter who is abducted and faces becoming another statistic on the human trafficking scene.
 
Human trafficking, as barbaric and inhumane as it is, happens under our noses. While most people obliviously continue with their feverishly busy lives, thousands of fellow human beings, of any gender and age, find themselves thrown to the sickos of society.
 
Mrs Polokwane 2018 finalist, Janine Kruger, is not only a pretty face and a dynamic dame, but also has a heart for the vulnerable and helpless. She decided to adopt 'STOP' as her charity. The one who prompted her towards this decision was her mother-in-law.
 
The STOP-acronym is significant and very applicable. It is the abbreviation for Stop Trafficking Of People. It is a registered non-profit Christian organisation which aims at confronting all aspects of human trafficking within South Africa and the rest of Africa. STOP does this through raising awareness for the desperate cause of these hapless human beings, assisting in working toward victim intervention and being involved in the restoration of those fortunate enough to be rescued.
 
STOP also strives to mobilise and empower communities to get proper structures in place and partner with other organisations in the field to ensure optimal efficiency and success. We are currently smack-bang in the middle of South Africa's National Human Trafficking Awareness Week, which is from 1-7 October.
 
During this time, all the individuals and organizations involved in the anti-trafficking arena in South Africa, push to make a greater effort in raising awareness on the following topics:
 
* The realities of human trafficking on a global level and in South Africa
* Factors that contribute to vulnerability and how it can be counteracted
* What safety tools are in place to help to prevent it from happening
"One kidnapped individual subsequently used as slave, is already one too many. People and communities should be empowered with knowledge about human trafficking. This doesn't only entail sharing information, but also – and especially - sharing the right information in a way that will keep everyone safe and encourage them to use the safety tools in place," Kruger said.
 
According to Kruger, prevention is the key and there are a variety of ways to establish preventative awareness. "You can educate yourself with factual info and then share it with everyone you know, without focussing on the gory details, but instead, focussing on inspiring those around you to also get active in raising awareness."
 
Many people wonder what they can do to make this world a better place, where they can make a contribution, financially or otherwise. This is how you can get involved:
 
Spread knowledge in your city, town or community by alerting people regarding the existence of a helpline for help, tips of information by providing the number of the National Human Trafficking Resource Line which is 0800 222 777.
 
Schools, churches and other charity-focussed groups can host information sessions for their specific audiences. Social media can be dangerous in the wrong hands and for indiscriminate eyes, but it is also a powerful tool in spreading awareness and sharing information not otherwise accessible.
 
People who are willing to invest their time, can volunteer at a local anti-trafficking NGO and/or raise funds in support of anti-trafficking work.
 
Many people are highly successful in acquiring knowledge, but few successfully APPLY it. Become someone who doesn't only gather, gain and hoard knowledge, but puts that knowledge to good use – moreover to the benefit of others.
 
In closing, consider the Dead Sea. Why is it dead? It is so saturated with minerals (people cover themselves with the mud of the Dead Sea for healing of different skin and other diseases) that you cannot sink, however hard you try. The fact of the matter is: there is only and inlet into the Dead Sea and no outlet. It just takes and takes, but it doesn't pass on. Too much of a good thing isn't good either. We need to put our acquired knowledge into practise. This world is far from perfect, and never will be again, but we can all practise…
 
 

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