Advertising can be a powerful force – for good or bad. A recent FTS rescue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo proves the point.
Three teen girls from the village of Nobili thought they were being hired to be waitresses. Instead, they were quickly forced into prostitution. The restaurant owner advertised that the girls were on the menu. As a result, the restaurant was always crowded with men.
Fortunately, Free the Slaves was advertising, too. The girls heard community service announcements on local radio about our Congo project, Jisia Na Haki (gender and justice). Our Congo project partners organize local villagers into protection committees that educate victims and the vulnerable about their rights – in person and on the air.
One of the girls heard our radio message and contacted a protection committeeleader, who called police. The girls were freed, the restaurant was closed and the owner was arrested. Galvanized by this success, officers launched a wider intervention in surrounding communities and dismantled six other pubs that were operating brothels.
Spreading awareness spreads freedom. When trafficking victims learn that freedom is possible, they take action. Learn more about our work in the Congo here.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been persistently plagued by numerous socio-economic challenges. Forced labor, modern slavery, and human trafficking are all prominent in the country. Recently, the DRC has taken steps forward, signaling its intent to address...