This is a Foto-feature from the World Press Photo 2010 football programme. Courtesy of www.Roadto2010.com
The hosting of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa last year has came with many socio-economic challenges on neighbouring countries such as Zambia.
The event was expected to result in considerable income for many countries. But in Zambia, the World Cup was expected to bring challenges such as human trafficking.
Zambia has remained a major transit point for drug and human trafficking. But the focus is now on human trafficking. Zambia has graduated from being a transit point to be an actual place where women and girls are trafficked to South Africa and other destinations under the pretext of a better life. When trafficked to South Africa, the women and girls are coerced into sex work and the envisaged lucrative income is never fulfilled.
In Zambia, some organizations have heightened the campaign to sensitise women and girls on defilement, rape, and human trafficking.
Defilement, rape and trafficking of adolescent girls has become rife in most Zambian Townships.
Some community based organizations and schools are using football to gather adolescent girls to educate them on the vices.
The organizations have also realized that engaging adolescent girls in football keeps them away from other social activities such as pre-marital sex and substance abuse.
Football has been identified as an effective social avenue to communicate because it also offers the girls physical education, entertainment and good mental health.