HUMAN TRAFFICKING - THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY!

Maphefopulane
Posted October 23, 2020 from South Africa

My daughter on the way to school was almost abducted by two men in a white Sedan. In South Africa presently human trafficking is rife and the matter is being announced on all news channels to be eeary of a white sedan taking girls by force. My daughter passed by a white sedan packed by the sidewalk with two men wearing masks on their mouths in protection for Covid19. The car then passed her in full acceleration then stopped in front of her. The guy on the passenger sit got out with a gun in hand and told her to get in the car or he will shoot her. She answered boldly saying "shoot". Her hand was in her handback, she took out a pepper spray, sprayed the guy on the face and then kicked him hard on his pennis. The guy fainted to the ground. The gun fell off. The other guy(the driver) rushed out of the car, my daughter was screaming for help by then. Both my daughter and this driver guy looked at the gun at the same time. The driver realised that should my daughter get to the gun first, his life will be over. He pushed my daughyer very hard into the bush fence of a nearby house, took the gun, dragged his unconscious friend into tje car by then people were approaching and he drove off. Someone took pictures of the getaway car but unfortunately it had no license plate. My daughter injured her right elbow as she balanced herself from the hard push from the perpetrator. Some of her rescue team accompanied her to the Police station unfortunately the Police laighed at her making jokes and told her there is no case. She felt angry and humiliated. When she eventuality told me, I took her to the hospital for check up on the hand luckily no fracture. I took her back to the police station of which she didn't want to go back but this time I demanded to see the Commander in chief. I'm proud to say, our area is being patrolled by the police day and night. My daughter is receiving trauma counseling . I thank God for my daughter's courage and wisdom to act as she did. My family and I  thank God that my daughter survived human trafficking. I also thank the members of the community who heard her scream and came to her rescue. I know what human trafficking is and can only imagine what the parents and families of the girls trafficked feel like. The thought crossed my mind for a moment and it's frightening. My deepest condolences to all affected and to all mothers who cannot sleep, eat nor function not knowing where their daughters are nor will they ever return home. TO GOD BE THE GLORY! My daughter wants to talk to young girls at schools, churches and social gatherings like youth groups about her experience so the youth can comprehend that human trafficking is real. 

 

This story was submitted in response to The Real Me.

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Tamarack Verrall
Oct 23
Oct 23

Hello Maphefopulane,
A big welcome to World Pulse. Such an important story of your daughter's amazing courage to fight back, and the narrow escape that must have been so horrifying for you both. What disgusting treatment by the police, so common, so outrageous. The resistance of the police to keep girls safe is what we see the world over, and shows us how much governments do not want to change, this complicit understanding that continues to be taught. Now we are finding each other to stop this. How great to learn about both you, and your daughter, and to know what you and she did to expose them.

Maphefopulane
Oct 27
Oct 27

Thank you so much for the warm welcome, it's really humbling to share and be listened to. God bless!

Andrace
Oct 24
Oct 24

Hi Maphefopulane,
I had such an eerie feeling reading this piece. Thank you for sharing straight from the heart in your first post. So deep and emotional. A very warm welcome to World Pulse, the place to be indeed! Nice to have you join us.

Your daughter is a heroine! Wow, that was super bold of her. I think more women and girls ought to pick a cue. We need to formerly and actively learn self-defence. Disappointingly, it is obvious that the Police world-wide can't be reckoned with in matters like this. I believe that God is our ultimate protector and we can't rely on the physical, but in all we are admonished to apply wisdom as well, hence my support for self-defence.

I pray you both heal from the trauma of that experience soon. Really cool that you empathised with those who have suffered similar experiences, leaning on each other for comfort and strength. I feel you. Really sorry about it all, but elated at your testimony of victory.

By the way, I did not know that girls were being kidnapped for trafficking. I thought they were being deceived or tricked mostly. It is so sad. Great that your daughter now wants to be an advocate. You would enjoy linking up with Jill Langhus of Liluye and World Pulse sister, as this is a matter close to her heart, as well as many other sisters. You daughter may want to consider joining World Pulse too.

We would love to know more about you and read more often from you. Do take care, keep writing and shining, Sis. :)

Hugs,

E. J.

Maphefopulane
Oct 27
Oct 27

Thank you so much for the humbling feedback reading it made my daughter realise how tremendous her act of self defense was and for the first time after the incident she sees herself as a hero. This is truly affirming

Jill Langhus
Oct 24
Oct 24

Hi Maphefopulane,

Welcome to World Pulse! Wow! What a story, and first post! You must be very proud, and relieved, that your daughter is safe. You taught her very well, indeed. Phew. How scary. I'm glad she's well, and recovering, and that you're area is being watched more closely now. It does beg the question what about the ones that aren't as lucky. I know trafficking is rife with COVID. So sad, and scary, all at the same time.

Thanks so much for sharing your story, and bringing more awareness on this issue. I'm looking forward to seeing more posts from you and learning more about what you're passionate about.

Maphefopulane
Oct 27
Oct 27

My sister, sharing a story is not easy especislly now wherr people don't care much about others. Thank you for listening, eords of encouragement and for the warm welcome. God bless!

Jill Langhus
Oct 28
Oct 28

Yes, I hear you, but we care, on World Pulse! You've come to the right place:-)

You're very welcome.

XX

Regina Afanwi Young
Oct 25
Oct 25

Hello Maphefopulane, how are you doing ? Welcome to World pulse and thank you for posting your story. You must be a proud mum to have such a smart, intelligent and bold daughter. That is also because you have taught her exactly what to do in case she is exposed to danger. That is a great lesson other women out here should emulate.
Am also proud of her for wanting to share her experience with her peers. Human trafficking is really a call for concern even in my country.
Once again thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading to reading from you again.

Maphefopulane
Oct 27
Oct 27

Thank so much for the positive feedback, word of encouragement and the warm welcome to World Pulse. My daughter is really humbled and feel motivated to speak out. God bless!

Hello Maphefopulane,

Welcome to World Pulse! I'm happy that a new voice from South Africa is rising up!

Wow, you are a good storyteller. It felt like I was watching a movie when I read about how your daughter courageously faced her perpetrators. I have often wondered what would I do when I am in that same circumstance, but for your daughter to have that mental alertness to say, "Shoot", grab her pepper spray, and kicked the man's weakest spot. Wow, I'm simply amazed! I'm glad she is receiving trauma counseling. But I can't believe just laughed at her? How invalidating!

Thank you for sharing this story with us. I hope every girl can escape like your daughter. How old is she? If she's around 14, she can join World Pulse, too. Cheers to her for getting away! Kudos to you for being a great mother to her.

Welcome again to our growing sisterhood!

Maphefopulane
Oct 27
Oct 27

My sister now when we talk about it or think of it we also laugh. Indeed it's like a movie. Thank you for the warm welcome and for the words of encouragement it's really humbling. God bless!

Sabiha Hasan
Oct 26
Oct 26

Oh my God! I'm shocked to know this happened but happy that your kid is safe. I think it's a great idea that your daughter meets other girls and talk about it. You should always support her. Also, post about her campaigns and talks here; share with us.

Maphefopulane
Oct 27
Oct 27

Thank you my sister, I will support her and post. God bless!

Maphefopulane
Oct 27
Oct 27

Thank you my sister, I will support her and post. God bless!

Nini Mappo
Oct 27
Oct 27

Hello Maphefopulane,
How sad and unsettling to read your account of how our courageous daughter got away, and to shudder at the fate of all the girls that didn't. You raised your daughter well with courage and resolve, to not even cower at the face of a gun. What a girl! Praise be to the Yahweh indeed, who gave her courage and wisdomd and resolve to fight. It is sad that there is so much insecurity for girls in your country. Thank you for creating awareness, It is always the first step to building safer spaces.
Shalom to your family and especially your daughter as she heals from the trauma.

Maphefopulane
Oct 27
Oct 27

Shalom indeed my sister. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. Stay blessed!