Anti-trafficking Organizer to Speak at WWU
|2/7/2013||Mary Ann Beahon|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||(573) 592-1127|
David Peterka, director of When The Saints, an anti-trafficking organization, will speak at William Woods University Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Library Auditorium. His speech is sponsored by WWU’s International Justice Mission. It is free and open to the public.
A Missouri native, Peterka, founded the non-profit organization in November 2010. His passion is to bring awareness to the issues of extreme poverty and social injustices around the world, and to help teach churches the roles they can play to combat it.
The organization’s goal is to defend, rescue and maintain the rights of the weak, poor and oppressed. The focus is on those forced into prostitution and sexually exploited in Malawi, southeast Africa.
There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today and it is said that 70-80 percent are sex slaves. According to Unicef, a girl is trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation every two minutes. Her average age is 13.
Peterka is the missions director at his local church and is also a child advocate through Compassion International, helping children find sponsors. Although he is in his mid-20s, he has extensive “hands-on” experience and has been an advocate for social injustice issues for more than six years.
In the fall of 2011, he graduated from St. Louis Christian College with a Christian Ministries degree and emphasis in intercultural and urban missions.
The dream of When the Saints is to see Africans minister to Africans and to utilize resources from within the country as much as possible. The organization does not wish to promote dependency as a result of a hand out, but rather seek to empower through sustainability.
The organization actively seeks to partner with foreign and local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), as well as churches of any denomination to oversee on the ground services and operations, which fall within the mission of When the Saints.
When the Saints founder, David Peterka, with a hitchhiking chameleon.
This girl is from Kayunga, Uganda, and was sexually abused when she was younger. Sadly, every two minutes, a girl like this one is trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation in the world.