Sara Saartjie Baartman: A glimpse into one young woman’s story of trafficking in earlier years.

The Silence Stops Now

I would like to introduce you to the story of Sara ‘Saartjie’ Baartman. Not many people know her real story; most people just know what she was famously used for: the display of her ‘unusual’ body. This is the story of a young widowed single mother who died at the age of 26, a very tragic tale of how a young woman had turned to alcohol as a result of the abuse she received from her owners. This story is an example of early slavery, and how the pattern has transcended into modern slavery.

Sara ‘Saartjie’ Baartman was born in 1789* at the Gamtoos river in what is now known as the Eastern Cape. She belonged to the cattle-herding Gonaquasub group of the Khoikhoi. Sara grew up on a colonial farm where her family most probably worked as servants. Her mother died when she was aged two and her father…

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