Film oN SA’s trafficked girls premieres in Umhlanga

2015-03-18 00:00

SOUTH Africa ranks among the 10 countries in Africa where human trafficking is rife, with 100 000 people reportedly being trafficked in the country annually.

This is according to a recent LexisNexis Human Trafficking Awareness Index.

The Missing Persons Bureau says a child goes missing every five hours in our country. Last year almost 1 700 cases of missing children were reported to the police, the majority of them between the ages of 13 and 18 years old.

Yesterday, Mrs America 2013, Austin Williams; actress Kim Baldwin; Thuthula Ndunge for as well as singers Brandon Chase and Matthew Schuler met at Capital 104FM’s studio in Pietermaritzburg to help raise awareness for the feature film, 8 Days,which premieres at Ster-Kinekor Gateway in Umhlanga tonight.

The film tells the story of 16-year-old Amber who, after sneaking to a party with her friends, goes missing. Forced into the world of sex trafficking, her family and community fight to get her back.

The film is inspired by actual events.

Tonight’s premiere will be attended by the director and producing team of Jaco and Philipa Booyens, lead actress Nicole Smolen, and supporting actress Williams.

There will also be performances by American singers and SA musicians Joe Niemand, Riana Nel, Andries Hendrik Potgieter (Een Kans Group), Black Bird, Lira, Zakes Bantwini, Zonke Dikana and others.

In South Africa, a dedicated Anti-Child Sex Trafficking Fund has been set-up under a public benefit organisation, the Business for Empowerment Trust (“B4ET”), to ensure that the funds raised by the various awareness campaigns are channelled to organisations tasked with fighting human trafficking.

The R200 000 will be handed over at the Johannesburg premiere for the film.

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