EDITORIAL: Slavery Not A Thing Of The Past

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949).

According to the  International Labour Organisation (ILO) more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery. Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking. Essentially, it refers to situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power.

In addition, more than 150 million children are subject to child labour, accounting for almost one in ten children around the world. Source:

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Definition 

  • sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or
  • the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

A victim need not be physically transported from one location to another for the crime to fall within this definition.

Human Trafficking in SA
Human trafficking statistics in South Africa. Statistics provided by the 2020 United States Trafficking in Persons Report. Graphic by Keagan le Grange. Courtesy IOL

Our Commitment To Join The Movement To End Modern Day Slavery 

We at UnCensored have taken a decision to back anti-human trafficking efforts – whether by way of raising awareness or helping survivors take control of their lives – and advocates for the abolishment of prostitution. 

We are backing those who, like Embrace Dignity, Kwanele, Defend Dignity, call for legal reforms in South Africa which will adopt the Equality Model –  an innovative and coherent legal framework for addressing the harms of prostitution. It is also known as partial decriminalisation in that It decriminalises only the prostituted person and offers them support to exit while it criminalises the buyers, pimps, brothel owners and all third parties that profit from the exploitation. Its aim is to abolish the system of prostitution by targeting the demand, while offering economic & social support to enable the prostituted to exit prostitution and make better career choices about their lives. More importantly, it deters entry and addresses the systemic nature of the oppression.

As we often do, we have published several stories of survivors, giving you the inside story of human trafficking, sex trafficking and prostitution, which is otherwise not told in establishment media. The sex trade industry is a multi billion dollar industry run by people with very deep pockets. 

Prostitution Not An Age-Old Profession but An Age-Old Oppression

Many who deter those who call for the end of prostitution say we are delusional. They say we can never end prostitution. Well there are several countries which have already adopted the Equality Model. The most efficient way to combat sex trafficking and prostitution is to reduce the demand for paid sexual services.

Join The Movement Against Those Who Deny Others Their Human Rights. Are you In?

In our quest to end the horrendous crimes of human trafficking and prostitution we seek partnerships to assist those who work in this area. Apart from helping Embrace Dignity and Kwanele with communicating anti-trafficking and anti-prostitution messages, we have committed to helping Defend Dignity raise funds for its work. 

Defend Dignity is a not-for-profit company established by a group of young artists who, inspired by the story of Dineo Tlale – abducted and turned into a sex slave – have decided to use their craft (of writing, acting, directing, film making) to raise awareness about human trafficking. The story of Dineo Tlale is here

Join In – Defend Dignity of Others

  1. Administrative – donations in monetary terms or office goods and equipment 
  2. Theatre Piece – Ematrasini – a theatre production to be performed in February/March 2020 in theatres and open public spaces. and will entered into the Grahamstown Festival as part of the fringe programme. 
  3. The Dignity Cakes

As part of sustaining its administration and programmes, Defend Dignity sells cakes. Price List available from In the medium to long term, Defend Dignity aims to open a bakeries offering skills and employment opportunities to survivors of human trafficking and prostitution. 

Dignity Cakes

Ginger & Russian cookies


Take Action and Donate to Defend Dignity 


From as little as R100, you can assist towards Defending Dignity

Standard Bank: Defend Dignity, Cheque Account

Account Number: 10128170830

Thanking you in advance

Pinky Khoabane

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