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Tuesday, 22 September 2015 I For immediate release
Following its highly successful stands in the past three years, The Salvation Army will once again be present at this year’s Sexuality and Adult Lifestyle Exhibition (Sexpo) at Gallagher Estate, Midrand – this time with a novel and exciting way of highlighting its message about human trafficking.
Although details are being kept under wraps until Sexpo starts on Thursday 24 September, Territorial PR Secretary for The Salvation Army, Major Carin Holmes, says that visitors to the stall can be sure of a bit of a surprise when they get there.
“We’re taking something that many people experience several times in their lives, and turning this into a powerful message about the dangers of human trafficking,” she said.
Major Holmes added: “As has been the case with previous years, we are not at Sexpo to preach in any way whatsoever. Our objective is to help people become aware of the darker side of this industry; a part that leads vulnerable people, often as young as ten years’ old, into a murky world of exploitation from which it is difficult to emerge.
The Salvation Army works closely with the South African Police Service (SAPS) in combatting human trafficking.
The Salvation Army hotline provides a safe and neutral interface through which members of the community can report suspected cases of human trafficking, which are then passed on to SAPS for investigation.
“It’s important to remember that human trafficking is often taking place right under people’s noses, within their communities. If you suspect that something is going on in your area, but are scared of being victimised, contact our hotline, 08000 RESCU (73728), for assistance,” Major Holmes added.
She repeated her conviction that, if Jesus Christ was alive today, “he would be with us as Sexpo, interacting with the visitors, and making people aware of human trafficking. That’s what the Gospel is about,” she said.
The Salvation Army stand is no 132/133. You are welcome to visit us!
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by love for God, and its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs without discrimination.
The Southern Africa Territory of The Salvation Army encompasses four countries – South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland – and the island of St Helena. Its officers, soldiers and full-time employees provide their spiritual and community services through approximately 230 corps (churches), societies and outposts, as well as through schools, hospitals, institutions for children, street children, the elderly, men and abused women, and daycare, goodwill, rehabilitation and social centres.
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Media Contact: Ruth Coggin
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Client Contact: Major Carin Holmes
Public Relations Secretary
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