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Wednesday, 17th September 2014 I For immediate release
Following the interest in raising awareness of human trafficking at last year’s Sexuality and Adult Lifestyle Exhibition (Sexpo), The Salvation Army is once again to take a stand at the 2014 event, starting in Midrand on 25 September.
Major Carin Holmes, PR Secretary of the Southern African Territory of The Salvation Army, says: “We were so encouraged by the interest shown by visitors to Sexpo in our stall. Many people were keen to hear our concerns about human trafficking and the work that we are doing to stem the tide of trafficking.”
She added: “It remains our firm conviction that if Jesus Christ was on earth today, he would be standing beside us at Sexpo. The event provides us with a platform through which to talk to people not only about human trafficking, but about sex in a Christian context.
“As The Salvation Army, we set judgment aside and ask God for grace to allow us to communicate with compassion.”
Major Holmes said, “We’re not going there to condemn anyone. We aren’t going to lecture people. We’re going there to be available. We trust that we will have many meaningful conversations with exhibitors and the public and that many meaningful relationships with an eternal value will be built.”
As was the case in 2013, the main focus of the stall will be to promote a Christian understanding of sexuality and raise awareness of slavery and trafficking issues throughout the world, including South Africa.”
Apart from handing out Salvation Army promotional material, officers and volunteers will distribute material on human trafficking, the sexualisation of girls, and an account of how a porn star found God. Visitors will also be invited to sign petitions to stop human trafficking.
“Sex trafficking is the truly grim, tragic and hidden aspect of a glamourised industry. We believe that it’s not good enough for the church to sit inside its four walls and expect the community to come to us. We have to get out and be the church in the community,” she added.
The Southern Africa Territory of The Salvation Army encompasses four countries – South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland – and the island of St Helena. Its officers, soldiers and full-time employees provide their spiritual and community services through approximately 230 corps (churches), societies and outposts, as well as through schools, hospitals, institutions for children, street children, the elderly, men and abused women, and daycare, goodwill, rehabilitation and social centres.
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Media Contact: Ruth Coggin
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Client Contact: Major Carin Holmes
Public Relations Secretary
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