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Campaign combats human trafficking

An awareness campaign highlighting the reality of human trafficking was held in Hoopstad on Thursday (04/06).

During her speech, WO Nikiwe Mokatsanyane of the Hawks said that human trafficking has three pillars, namely attraction, transportation and abuse.

“This happens when victims are promised a better life, but ultimately they end up being slaves to their masters,” she said.

“This crime can also take place in the form of forced marriages and parents sacrifing their children to decapitation for business prowess and enrichment,” she said.

Partnered in this campaign were the Department of Police, Roads and Transport, the Hoopstad Community Policing Forum, the South African ­National Civic Organisation, Lesedi Youth Empowerment, Tshireletso Victim Empowerment, Hoopstad LifeLine, the office of the executive mayor of Tswelepele, Koiyoko Matsholo, the Hawks, the Free State National Prosecuting Authority, the Free State SAPS Choir and the police in Hoopstad, under the leadership of the acting station commander, WO Cathy Jacobs.

A mass interdenominational prayer session was also held.

“People prayed and lit candles to symbolise the hope that human trafficking will end,” says Capt. Stephen Thakeng, police spokesperson.

“The prayer session was held to attack this criminal act through divine intervention,” said Thakeng.

The chief whip of the Tswelepele Municipality, Mzonakele Balene, welcomed everyone and supported the initiative of praying against human trafficking.

Sammy Taeli of Sanco introduced all the guests in attendance. The purpose of the event was relayed by Litaba Mohapi of the Department of Police, Roads and Transport.

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