trafficking industry is one of the fastest growing and most lucrative
criminal enterprises in the world.
Profits are enormous; generating billions of dollars annually
toward the coffers of organized crime syndicates, and is second only to
drugs and guns.
border trafficking of children and drugs date back from at least the
nineteenth century, and was primarily from eastern Europe and organized
by criminal groups with transnational links in Europe and the USA.
Today the operations remain the same, but have become more
sophisticated and involves many more regions.
recently has South Africa introduced the schools act making education up
until grade 9 or 15 years of age compulsory. (See children's rights to
education and protection as stipulated in South
African Bill of rights.
Some of the countries where child
sexual exploitation and abuse occurs: America's
Countries in North and South America. Asia Mainland
China Taiwan, Thailand and India. Eastern
Europe Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine,
Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Estonia and Slovak Republic. Africa
Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal,
Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Africa does not exist as an island.
The countries listed above (and many more) is part of a global
scenario that is infiltrating and destroying the heart and soul of our
future generation that supposedly have to create or take over the reigns
- as future leaders.
will end with an excerpt from Thabo Mbeki’s inaugural speech.
who complete the course will do so only because they do not, as fatigue
sets in, convince themselves that the road ahead is still too long, the
inclines too steep, the loneliness impossible to bear and the prize
itself of doubtful value. We
too, as the peoples of South Africa and Africa, must together run our
own Comrades Marathon as comrades who are ready to take the road
together, refusing to be discouraged by the recognition that the road is
still very long, the inclines very steep and that, at times, what we see
as the end is but a mirage. When
the race is run, all humanity and ourselves will acknowledge the fact
that we only succeeded because we succeeded to believe in our own
Mbeki (inaugural speech)
is what Africans aim to achieve. We
challenge the rest of the world, especially those countries involved in
child slavery, abuse and exploitation to join forces and rid the world
of this evil practices. End