This Is Why South African Celebrities Are Tweeting About #EndHumanTrafficking – Global Citizen

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On Wednesday morning the hashtag #EndHumanTraffickingInSA took over Twitter in South Africa and remained the top trending topic for most of the day. 

Celebrities such as rappers AKA, Boity, and Cassper Nyovest, as well as actors Thando Thabethe and Lasizwe, took to Twitter to demand action from the government against human trafficking in South Africa. 

This came after a widely spread social media status, the origins of which are unclear, that detailed how a girl in Rustenburg was allegedly nearly kidnapped while walking home from school on Monday afternoon. According to the post, the girl managed to escape from the perpetrators by jumping out of a moving car.

The hashtag, however, is not new. Earlier in September it began to trend on Twitter after a video that showed a man allegedly trying to kidnap a young girl at a restaurant in broad daylight began circulating on social media. Gauteng Province police spokesperson Lt Kay Makhubela confirmed