Human trafficking brought to big screen

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MASERU — The scourge of human trafficking was brought to the big screen last Friday when local film-house Ster-Kinekor hosted a show about the problem at Pioneer Mall.

At least 200 students from three local high schools viewed the screening of a film that brought to the fore the reality of human trafficking.

The initiative is a brain-child of beauty queen, Paballo Mokoqo, whoteamed up with Beautiful Dream Society, a United States-based organisation that assists victims of human trafficking.

The campaign began with a play that sought to conscientise students to be aware of human trafficking and how they can explain and identify the problem.

This was followed by the screening of a documentary titled Dear Sister depicting a child-headed family and a girl child being trafficked into prostitution.

After the screening of the film, the organisers advised the students to be wary of individuals promising them lucrative opportunities that appeared too good to be true.

Sonya Martinez, an official of Beautiful Dream Society, said they work directly with victims of human trafficking in Lesotho.

Martinez advised the scholars never to fall victim to promises of great opportunities without verifying their genuineness.

“When offered a job or an opportunity that is impulsive, always try to find its legitimacy,” she said.

During the question and answer session, it was difficult to determine if the scholars understood what human trafficking was. A Form D student from Sefika High School, Leshoella Limpho, told the Weekender that he didn’t understand what human trafficking was all about.

“I only hear of people disappearing and I always thought it was just kidnapping like in the movies but after today I have the nudge to go and read more about this crime. I will try to make it part of a regular discussion with my friends,” Limpho said.

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