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What is the campaign about?
We want (Our Aim is) to put pressure on the editors of newspapers throughout South Africa to stop publishing advertisements that promote massage parlours, saunas or escort agencies. Such “businesses” are often a front for criminal networks to advertise trafficked victims for sexual services, and contribute to the trafficking of persons.
What do you do?
1. Please look through newspapers and cut out advertisements (usually found in the classified section) for services related to the sex industry.
2. Paste as many of these(advertisements) as can fit on the page that has been provided. The more pages you can fill, the better.
3. Write down the name of the newspaper(s) the date it was published in the space provided at the bottom of the page.
4. Edit the letter to the editor template provided. You’ll need to add information wherever [square brackets] are indicated.
5. Find the postal address for the Editor in the newspaper. This information is usually located on page 1 or 2.
6. Post the completed letter to the editor, together with the pasted adverts from that specific newspaper.
7. Please inform us of your action(s) in one of the following ways:
a. Click here to mail Major Margie Stafford
b. Phone Major Stafford on 082 455 3664
c. Click here to place it on our Facebook Page “The Salvation Army Anti-Human Trafficking SA”
What do we hope to achieve?
We’d like newspapers to stop carrying such advertisements in their classified sections. We’d like our newspapers to reconsider the kinds of adverts they place, and think about their responsibility towards standing up against human trafficking.
We hope to use this method to inform members within The Salvation Army re the complexity and importance of addressing this serious issue of Human Trafficking.
For more information, or for Anti-Human Trafficking Resources, please use the contact details as above.
To Download the Word Document “Letter to the Editor”, click here.