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<p><strong>By Jonk WA Mashamba</strong><br />
jonkm@greateralextoday.co.za</p>

<p>KIDS that are mostly vulnerable to human trafficking are the ones who are easily attracted to things. Daisy Maimela,community development officer from the department of Social Development said during the Child Awareness campaign, held at Kwa-Bhekilanga Sports complex.“Kids who like tak ing sweets and lifts from strangers are at risk of being trafficked,” Maimela said.</p>

<p>She warned that kids that use social media should always stay alert. “Many kids are befriended on social media before they are deceived. They (traffickers) make appointments with them at schools and that’s how they disappear. For the next twelve years, we want to see you complete and prosperous.”</p>

<p>Maimela advised the kids to use smart phones to google child trafficking and human trafficking and learn. “So that you will educate your parents, because it is not only children that are trafficked, even gogos. But it starts with you to be responsible. You must listen to your parents.” Morwesi Motlana, social worker from the City of Johannesburg said they walked from second Avenue’s Alfred Nzo. She said the aim of the event was to alert the community and the public at large about social ills against child abuse.</p>

<p>“We want to alert parents and encourage kids to stand firm against child abuse,”Motlana said. She said they invited Grassroots Soccer to come and facilitate sport activities for children. “We wanted to encourage the kids to play sports to avoid going to the streets and avoid becoming vulnerable.” Themba Ndlovu, executive director of Funda Fundisa, the event organizes said kids fall prey to negative activities that divert them from who they are supposed to be. “I would encourage the youth from the ages of 18 to 35, and anybody who is a kid below 18, to take advantage of sport facilities in Alex. Go there and find what activities they do, and make it a point that you find something that you can do with the little time that you have.”</p>

<p>Ndlovu advised that abused children can report the matter to the Alex police or the Kids Clinic with social workers, based at the station at 15th Avenue. “If not, they can confide in to an elder who they believe in or trust. They can also go to Alex MPCC Center at 8th avenue and ask for social worker Morwesi who deals with psycho development of kids.” On her moving speech, Mimi Nxumalo, one of the kids, asked for unity and peace from the community. “People are doing the opposite from what Nelson Mandela fought for. Please stop what you are doing to use; stop violence because it will not heal the stress you got,” she said, to a loud applause. Mighty Phalane from Health Department spoke about the danger of substance abuse. “Don’t choose to be a nyaope boy,” he warned.</p>

<p>For more info call Ndlovu on 079 875 3630 or 011 0250 320</p>
Awareness Against Child Abuse

By Jonk WA Mashamba
jonkm@greateralextoday.co.za

KIDS that are mostly vulnerable to human trafficking are the ones who are easily attracted to things. Daisy Maimela,community development officer from the department of Social Development said during the Child Awareness campaign, held at Kwa-Bhekilanga Sports complex.“Kids who like tak ing sweets and lifts from strangers are at risk of being trafficked,” Maimela said.

She warned that kids that use social media should always stay alert. “Many kids are befriended on social media before they are deceived. They (traffickers) make appointments with them at schools and that’s how they disappear. For the next twelve years, we want to see you complete and prosperous.”

Maimela advised the kids to use smart phones to google child trafficking and human trafficking and learn. “So that you will educate your parents, because it is not only children that are trafficked, even gogos. But it starts with you to be responsible. You must listen to your parents.” Morwesi Motlana, social worker from the City of Johannesburg said they walked from second Avenue’s Alfred Nzo. She said the aim of the event was to alert the community and the public at large about social ills against child abuse.

“We want to alert parents and encourage kids to stand firm against child abuse,”Motlana said. She said they invited Grassroots Soccer to come and facilitate sport activities for children. “We wanted to encourage the kids to play sports to avoid going to the streets and avoid becoming vulnerable.” Themba Ndlovu, executive director of Funda Fundisa, the event organizes said kids fall prey to negative activities that divert them from who they are supposed to be. “I would encourage the youth from the ages of 18 to 35, and anybody who is a kid below 18, to take advantage of sport facilities in Alex. Go there and find what activities they do, and make it a point that you find something that you can do with the little time that you have.”

Ndlovu advised that abused children can report the matter to the Alex police or the Kids Clinic with social workers, based at the station at 15th Avenue. “If not, they can confide in to an elder who they believe in or trust. They can also go to Alex MPCC Center at 8th avenue and ask for social worker Morwesi who deals with psycho development of kids.” On her moving speech, Mimi Nxumalo, one of the kids, asked for unity and peace from the community. “People are doing the opposite from what Nelson Mandela fought for. Please stop what you are doing to use; stop violence because it will not heal the stress you got,” she said, to a loud applause. Mighty Phalane from Health Department spoke about the danger of substance abuse. “Don’t choose to be a nyaope boy,” he warned.

For more info call Ndlovu on 079 875 3630 or 011 0250 320

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