Heidelberg Police learn about human trafficking
HEIDELBERG Two visitors from Germany and Poland, Gerd and Daniela Sikora visited with local police on Thursday 10 July.
Both are graduates from Charis Bible College and believe in humanitarian work. Daniela is involved in a project to curb human trafficking called 'You can free us'. She runs a shelter for women who are victims of human trafficking in her homeland. "Human trafficking is a crime that touches every country, including South Africa." It is estimated that there are over 46 million people in slavery in the world, thousands in every country. "People are being promised good, attractive and well-paid jobs abroad or in bigger cities. Especially women are lured with false promises of love and then taken into captivity. This results in people being forced into prostitution, labor in the fields, factories and sweatshops, begging on the street, stealing or even committing crimes."
'You can free us' is an international non-profit organization which helps women and children to get out of human trafficking. "We work closely with the police, assisting women when they need to be rescued and then providing them with a safe place to live and start a new life in freedom."
Daniela also focuses on training police officers on how to work with trafficked victims as the police play a key part in successfully rescuing and freeing victims.
The couple with members of Heidelberg Police.
Gerd and Daniela Sikora.