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Written by Anex Site Maintenance
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 13:29
On 5 December 16 runners will embark from the weigh in bridge at Rawsonville on a 4 day run to cover the distance of 375km to Beaufort West -#addyourX. The running symbolises them adding their X in support of ending Human Trafficking and standing in UNiTY with the people who have been trafficked and those who are currently in bondage, with the message that #stoptrafficking.

5 December 2017 – Run from Rawsonville to Touwsrivier (joined here by 4 more runners)

6 December 2017 – Run from Touwsrivier to Lainsburg

7 December 2017 – Run from Laingsburg to Leeu Gamka

8 December 2017 – Run from Leeu Gamka to Beaufort West

As the 16 runners will be on route from Rawsonville to Beaufort West, they will raise awareness, do talks and show UNiTY with the vulnerable communities all along the N1 route, where poverty and inequality are two of the main reasons human trafficking is seen as an escape from circumstances. People are being deceived to believe that whatever is offered to them by the traffickers will be their escape from the harsh reality of a life in poverty. Dialogues will be held about possible solutions within communities.

Open water swims to raise awareness:

Two long distance swimmers, Ameen Stemmet and Abdullah Peters have joined the UnITE against Human Trafficking campaign and they will raise awareness about Human Trafficking through open water swims they will be doing. They are planning to swim 37,5km on a date to be determined during the 16 days of activism, which will relate to the 375km the runners will cover, to raise awareness.

Trafficking stats:

Current global statistics indicate that in 2017 approximately 45million people were caught in the grip of modern day slavery. Every state, continent has been affected however it has been most prevalent in Africa with the indication of 7 people in every 1000 being trapped in this crime.

“The moral degeneration of post-apartheid South Africa has given impetus to the sex-trafficking of women, labour trafficking of younger men (who normally escape statistics) and very young children whose basic rights are violated on an almost every day basis. Most of the appalling variation of human trafficking and modern day slavery exist behind the polite veneer of the “rainbow nation”.

These include debt-bondaging and labour brokering in the mining and domestic labour sectors, the exploitation –cum-trafficking of men and boys into slave-like conditions in agriculture, organ trafficking, involuntary sex work, the illegal adoption of young children and baby breeding for trafficking purposes”.

Long Walk to Nowhere – Human Trafficking in Post-Mandela South Africa by Philip Frankel

Global Slavery Index indicates that in 2016 approximately 248000 people in South Africa were in the grip of modern day slavery. According to the statistics of the South African National Human Trafficking Resource Line only 31 rescues took place since August 2016. Statistics globally has indicated that only 1% of victims get rescued. The reason for this could be that most victims of human trafficking do not regard themselves as exploited. Another reason could be the lack of knowledge in society on human trafficking whether it is how to identify, where to report and how to get involved to assist to eradicate this crime and strengthen our families in society.


Our request is for you to partner with us on this #addyourX campaign on the N1 and show your UNiTY with us against human trafficking. Please contact us to find out about supporting our runners on the route and our awareness teams in the towns. If you are unable to be there in person please join us online by sharing photos of your hands with an X on them on the Anex Facebook page or sponsor our community training projects.

Anex bank details: ABSA, Account name: Anex Account number: 4061725865 Branch code: 632005 Reference: UNiTE

Anex is a non-profit organisation of which the aim is to combat exploitation such as human trafficking through awareness raising and training, advocacy and legal reform. The focus is on awareness raising and training about human trafficking from a Trauma Informed Care perspective. The resources mobilised will be used to provide training to vulnerable Communities.

Claudia Burger


Tel: 021 987 2190 Cell: 0835873269

Email: programmedirector@anexcdw.org.za

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