Servaas Hofmeyr from South Africa says, “…because I have been given freedom, I feel the need to speak out for those who do not enjoy that privilege.” He shares what drives him to help in the fight against modern day slavery and how he is able to do this with the charity, STOP – Stop Trafficking of People.
How did you become involved in the movement against human trafficking?
While busy studying in 2008, I browsed around the web (as one does) and came across an article discussing the effects criminalisation and, alternatively, legalisation of prostitution has had in various countries. I was quite shocked to learn what conditions most of the prostituted women found themselves in – varying from being drug addicts, to suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder, to being victims of regular abuse by both their pimps and clients.
Prostitution, of course, is only one channel through which trafficking occurs but as I browsed further I came across a short video clip produced by the A21 Campaign, in which the organisation’s founder, Christine Caine, explained how she first came to the knowledge of this worldwide injustice of slavery. What she was saying in that video touched something inside of me and led me to educate myself…
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