Listen: A21's Paige Edwards talks with Laura Bennett about their Walk for Freedom Challenge and how you can be part of ending modern day slavery
As the COVID pandemic lingers on, the risk of human trafficking around the world remains. Vulnerabilities are being capitalised on as potential victims are out of work, disconnected from support networks and spending more time online.
With an estimated 40.3 million men, women and children enslaved today, global anti-trafficking organisation A21 are again inviting us to take part in their annual Walk for Freedom.
The international event raises awareness of modern day slavery, and encourages us to educate ourselves on the red flags we need to look out for to detect slavery in our own communities.
This year marks Walk for Freedom’s 7th anniversary, and with restrictions affecting some cities’ ability to participate, A21 have launched the Walk for Freedom Challenge, enabling people to participate either with their household, small group, solo or virtually.
A21 have launched the Walk for Freedom Challenge, enabling people to participate either with their household, small group, solo or virtually.
A21’s Paige Edwards told Hope 103.2, “Human trafficking is an issue that’s often hidden in plain sight, and it’s happening in every community around us but so many people don’t realise it’s happening”.
“[The walk] initially started because we wanted to really bring mass awareness to this issue and take a stand. We wanted to shine a light on the issue, and let people know they can do something about it,” she said.
“Not everyone can work in the field directly or get on the ground and be involved in the rescues and restoration of survivors, but everyone can show up and hand out a flyer. [They can] use their social media platform to speak up and see slavery abolished.”
The Walk for Freedom Challenge will be happening on October 16. Resources are available via A21’s website.
Listen to the full interview with A21’s Paige Edwards on Hope Drive in the player above.