GP anti-trafficking NGO to station in Mpumalanga

2014-09-07 15:44

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Mbombela - In an effort to combat cross-border human and drug trafficking, a group of Gauteng-based activists will soon be operating in Mpumalanga’s capital city.

National NGO, Asilweni Cleaning Streets, seeks to help victims of human trafficking through a series of awareness campaigns around the Lowveld.

“Mbombela is close to the border and prone to more trafficking of children from South Africa to Mozambique and vice versa,” said the NGO’s founding chairperson Cherlyn Tshabangu.

Tshabangu said the organisation aims at getting the public to act in cases where there may be victims in their areas.

“We will take any kind of office provided to us. As we go on we will then establish a safe house for the victims. We hope that businesses and government in the area will support us.

“Our offices act as crisis centres as we also deal with substance abuse as well as uprooting social problems that lend children in trafficking and substance abuse,” she said.

She added that the NGO, which was established in 2012, will work with community policing forums, the police and private businesses in the Lowveld.

The NGO is currently based in Krugersdorp, Gauteng, and works in collaboration with Crimeline ZA, Lead SA, the Department of Social Development, Missing Persons, National Freedom Network, STOP Trafficking, Traffic, the police and other NGOs in their areas.

Tshabangu said since they started operations in areas around the West Rand to tackle drugs and prostitution, they have recorded a lot of successes.

“At present there have been 251 arrests pertaining to drugs and prostitution. Through tip offs from the community, some brothels and drug manufacturing houses were closed down,” Tshabangu said.

ln March, the NGO organised a successful march in protest against drugs and prostitution. They were also involved in a march in Kagiso where they sent a message to the dealers.

They have been part of an anti-drug committee in Mogale city and were regularly involved in raids, campaigns and awareness in the surrounding areas.

They have helped people get off the streets and have established centres for rehabilitation and skills development.

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