– by Umgeni Community Empowerment Centre
The Marketing Manager
Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world and it is now tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest international criminal enterprise, after the illegal drug trade. The International Labour Organisation estimates that there are currently at least 27 million adults and children in forced labour, or commercial sexual servitude worldwide. Human Trafficking generates over 410 Billion Rands a year!
South Africa has been a victim of this heinous crime for many years. The lives of citizens are at risk as the market for stolen body organs has recently ascended greatly.
Unfortunately a lot of people in our communities see Human Trafficking a myth that only haunts extremely poor developing countries and not South Africa. Umgeni Community Empowerment Centre would like to invite you to partner with us and be part of the solution by helping us to raise awareness and raise funds for Shiloh House Crisis Centre for victims of domestic violence – and trafficked victims.
On the 23rd of September 2017, we are hosting our 4th Annual Stop Human Trafficking 5km Awareness Walk. This spectacular educational and entertaining day will be held at The Green Hub, Blue Lagoon, Durban at 8:30am to 14:00pm.
Who We Are
Umgeni Community Empowerment Centre (UCEC) is a registered BBBEE nonprofit organisation that has been operating for 13 years in the Durban CDB (please visit www.ucec.org.za) Our projects include; a daily feeding scheme for the needy, Early Childhood Educational Development, rehabilitation of addicts and sex workers, Crisis Centre for abused Women and children and Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness campaigns.
UCEC is a member of the HHPPB (Human Trafficking, Harmful Traditional Practices, Prostitution and Brothels) Provincial Task Team, which is a collective that involves various governmental departments and headed by Advocate Dawn Coleman-Malinga, The Senior State Advocate at National Prosecuting Authority. The HHPPB Task Team consist of other governmental organisations such as the Hawks, the NPA and the KZN office of the premier, it is our duty to make the public aware of this heinous crime.
The Anti-Human Trafficking campaign is ongoing, UCEC’s trained team of volunteers go out to schools, Airports, Churches, FET’s and any other public arenas facilitating workshops, public talks, theatrical stage play and displays to create awareness on Human Trafficking and related topics such as cyber crimes. This opportunity also allows us to invite institutions to join our Annual Awareness walk.
4th Annual Stop Human Trafficking 5KM Awareness Walk
For the past 3 years, UCEC has successfully held an Annual Stop Human Trafficking 5km Awareness Walk. The aim of this walk is to raise as much awareness as possible on Human Trafficking and also to help raise funds for Shiloh House for abused women and children and Trafficked victims. Organising our previous Awareness walks , and other projects, we have partnered with, Oil Tanking GC, SA Homeloans, 3C Technology, We Are Durban, KZN Slots, Springbok legend, Andre Joubert who added his opinion to support campaign, saying “If you think Human Trafficking does not happen in South Africa, think again”
We have also partnered with Rugby icon, Sharks captain, Tera Mtembu. We have also worked with Dr Albu van Eeden, expert in Child pornography the founder of Doctors for Life. This year, we have invited Human Trafficking expert and author Dr Monique Emser, as one of our guest speakers. We have also been recently joined by reigning Miss Junior South Africa 2017, Simara Moodley to take a stand against Human Trafficking.
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Article source: Umgeni Community Empowerment Centre