Stop This Crime
If you went back in time and gazed over South Africa at the time of the hunters and the herders, with the lush vegetation, green pastures, abundance of food and a society free of operation and exploitation; it would come as no surprise if you would remark: “What went wrong?”
Lately, a third of South African children are victims of one form of abuse or another. This shocking situation brings home the fact that children in South Africa have a small chance to the rhetoric happy childhood which exists in an ideal world.
Traumatised children bear the brunt of the emotional difficulties most of us can hardly fathom. Within the range of the causes of emotional trauma in children, bullying, sexual exploitation, loss of parents, abandonment, and neglect are top on the list.
The number of children in South Africa between the ages of 12 and 17 who are married, divorced, widowed, separated or living as sexual partners and companions are shocking. A survey result released by Stats SA indicates that more than 91,000 girls in South Africa between the ages of 12 and 17 are at least, in one of the above categories. This situation leads to high levels of trauma for children in South Africa today.
Recently, there is an increase in the number of children that are smuggled into, or moved out of the country for sexual purposes. Children are recruited from rural areas and brought to urban centres for the purposes of exploitation by syndicates.
The exploitation of children for prostitution in South Africa is usually a case of survival sex. Children are often forced into sex slavery due to economic circumstances. This is because some families require children to contribute towards the family’s income or to provide for themselves as the family cannot provide for them.
Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA) is committed to keeping children and young people safe from all forms of exploitation. As part of the efforts to help combat the menace, CWSA is a leading a campaign with the aim to Stop crimes against children.
It takes a village to raise a child, therefore we need united and committed efforts to stop this scourge. This campaign aims to raise awareness on the need for stakeholders to join in the efforts to reduce the exploitation of children in South Africa through strong and sustainable multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral actions.
The focus is to mobilise support to strengthen the capacity of key stakeholders for effective, coordinated and holistic actions to address child sexual exploitation and trafficking, which is on the rise in South Africa.
CWSA hopes to mobilise enough support to continue to combat the increase in the exploitation and the trafficking of children. CWSA supports the implementation of laws, policies, regulations, and services which protect children from exploitation and abuse. CWSA also supports the training of social services professionals to ensure adequate services for children who become victims of exploitation and trafficking.
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