Embrace Dignity Petition
Sex trafficking and prostitution are ruining the lives of millions of women and girls around the world and in South Africa today.
The United Nations estimates that up to 1 million people are trafficked annually, 80 percent of whom are trafficked for sexual exploitation, the vast majority being women and girls.
This predatory business disrespects women's right to human dignity, as enshrined in South Africa's constitution, and preys on economic, sex and racial inequality to subject its victims to violence and health risks. It needs to stop.
Do not buy women or children for sex and don't support those who do!
Act Now! One trafficked woman or child is one too many!
An additional 200 people have signed petitions in the Petition Book including our Patrons Leah Tutu, Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Professor Nkandu Luo of Zambia, Zolile Nokwe, formerly of Generations and Da Les of Jozi.
In addition we have already received a letter from President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, strongly supporting our petition.
Others who have expressed support for the campaign are Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary of COSATU and S'dumo Dlamini, President of COSATU
We thank you for your support to end sexual exploitation and violence against women.
We ask that when parliament considers the bill to prevent and combat trafficking and the law on adult prostitution that you consider that the prostituted women are the victims and should not be criminalized. Those who exploit them and undermine their dignity should feel the full might of the law and made to pay for the harm they have caused.
We fought apartheid so that all can enjoy their basic human rights.