The Dark Side of Cape Town

To highlight the harsh realities of human trafficking, the Salvation Army developed a hard-hitting idea that put children on sale in fashion boutique windows. The message emphasizes the tragedy of putting a price-tag on a human life.


February 2010 - I recently read a Time article about human trafficking in South Africa.

It was pretty bleak.

The gist was 2 girls who were best friends, one 15 years old and one 17 years old, were orphaned and both looking for work.

A neighbor told them she knew of a job across town. She gave them a ride to the Really Bad Sex Slave Nigerian Guy, was paid $120 and some crack, and they were enslaved in sex trafficking.

Sex slaves are “broken in” by gang rape, drugs and sleep deprivation. These children are forced to pimp themselves out 12 hours a night, are given little time for sleep, and are subject to forced abortions.

All pretty bad stuff. After reading the article "South Africa's Slave Trade and the Campaign to Stop It", all I could do was ball my eyes out.

In the article, a local pastor (born-again Christian, formerly in the South African special forces) had bought bus tickets for about two dozen women, but with the forced drug-addiction and no rehabilitation, many of them return to their captors.

So I have an idea about this

I’ve been thinking…wouldn’t it be cool to create a “home for girls” – some kind of nice, large house where they could get cleaned up and start over? I envision a safe place with…

I know there are many organizations out there doing some good things - and this is something to certainly pray and think about. But these are my initial thoughts. Anyone want to join me?







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