Warn­ing for kids on child ab­duc­tion with se­ries of sketches

Talk of the Town - - Classified Advertisements - ROB KNOWLES

With the in­ci­dence of child ab­duc­tions, rape, hu­man traf­fick­ing and abuse against chil­dren ex­plod­ing in so­ci­ety, Sergeant Sindy Pien­aar, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Ann Green and her Ever­green The­atre Com­pany, or­gan­ised a short se­ries of sketches to ed­u­cate chil­dren of the dan­gers.

The show took place at the Port Al­fred High School hall on Tues­day morn­ing, be­fore an au­di­ence rang­ing in age from grade R to grade 8 pupils.

“The aim of the short plays is to ed­u­cate the chil­dren about the process of ab­duc­tion, hu­man traf­fick­ing, date rape and other dan­gers our chil­dren can be ex­posed to,” Pien­aar said.

The first ex­am­ple of ab­duc­tion was per­formed by Zoey Peters as the child, Ben Baker as the ab­duc­tor, Shimeah Baker as the child’s mother and Jes­sica Harty as the shop as­sis­tant, and took place in a store where the mother was busy shop­ping and told the child to play by her­self.

Tak­ing her ball with her, the child rolls the ball, which ends up against a grown man’s legs, played by Ben.

He picks it up and be­gins a con­ver­sa­tion with the child, who then takes his hand and al­lows the man to take her away to en­joy some bo­gus ac­tiv­ity the ab­duc­tor has con­cocted.

“Now, what should have hap­pened,” in­ter­jected Green, “was that the mother should have kept her child with her and guarded against her child be­ing ab­ducted”.

Other sce­nar­ios acted out in sketches showed ba­bies be­ing ab­ducted from hos­pi­tals and young girls be­ing fed roofies (Flu­ni­trazepam, also known as Ro­hyp­nol among other names), a date-rape drug to in­ca­pac­i­tate them so that they can be ab­ducted.

With the pro­lif­er­a­tion of in­for­ma­tion on so­cial me­dia sites, chil­dren are aware of ab­duc­tions and other so­cial crimes, but might not al­ways take the cor­rect de­ci­sions when deal­ing with preda­tors.

“Par­ents must also be aware of the type of so­cial crimes that are cur­rently preva­lent,” Pien­aar said.

Pic­ture: ROB KNOWLES

PRE­VENT­ING KID­NAP­PING: That par­ents must be aware of where their chil­dren are at all times was graph­i­cally il­lus­trated through a se­ries of sketches per­formed by the Ever­green The­atre Com­pany at Port Al­fred High School on Tues­day. The char­ac­ters, from left, are Jes­sica Harty as the cashier, Ben Baker as the ab­duc­tor, Zoey Peters as the child and Shimeah Baker as the mother, with fel­low ac­tors Coner Hul­ley and Joash Lamer­ton await­ing their turn to per­form. Azariah Lamer­ton, who also per­formed in sev­eral sketches, was not in this sketch

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