A NEW PLAY ON CHILD TRAFFICKING
Use a social, educational play based on a true child traﬃcking story, for students aged 11 and up, and a Q&A session, to show students how not to be caught by dangerous traffickers.
National Children’s Theatre is developing an educational program at the community level to prevent child traﬃcking, by creating awareness of the dangers and risks to children and how to deal with would-be traﬃckers. This will be achieved through the creation of a social play based on a shocking true traﬃcking story, to be presented to learners aged 11 and up. It will lead into a question and answer session with the children to discuss how not to be caught in such dangerous situations.
Human traﬃcking is said to be a modern-day form of slavery. It exists because people and especially children are open to being exploited, mostly through circumstances which are no fault of theirs: poverty, lack of education, loss of hope and optimism.
One of the worst forms of human traﬃcking is traﬃcking in children—it relates to the victimisation of girls and boys, primarily for forced labor and sexual exploitation. It represents the loss of childhood and no hope of achieving what every child deserves—a future. Child traﬃcking is a crime against humanity.
How girls are aﬀected by traﬃcking
Statistics show that children account for 27% of all human traﬃcking victims worldwide, worse, every three child victims are girls. Tragically, both girls and boys are vulnerable to being traﬃcked. However, girls are disproportionally targeted and must deal with the life-long eﬀects of gender inequality and gender-based violence.
According to advocacy groups, human traﬃcking is rife in South Africa. The Salvation Army, says this is because of high levels of poverty and inequality, which leave people vulnerable to exploitation.
Children are recruited from low-income areas, transported to metropolitan areas, such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and Bloemfontein, and are subjected to sex traﬃcking and other criminal activities. Traﬃcking of children is a real issue in South Africa. It can be happening next door to you without your knowledge.
You can make a diﬀerence
Through the arts NCT produces socially engaging theatre, increasing awareness of human traﬃcking in communities, and asking you to engage in challenging issues.
YOUR SUPPORT WILL HELP NCT RAISE FUNDS TO PRESENT THIS PLAY TO GRADES 6 AND 7 SCHOOL CHILDREN AND FOLLOW UP WITH AN IN DEPTH DISCUSSION ON HOW TO RECOGNISE AND AVOID TRAFFICKERS.