This year’s A21 Walk for freedom took place on October 20th 2018. More than 450 Walks were held all over the world in over 50 Countries. Tens of thousands rallied reaching millions in just a day for one purpose; spreading awareness on human trafficking.
I got a chance to join friends in Pecs, Hungary. We conducted a silent walk through the town to raise awareness against human trafficking and slavery as part of marking this special day with the rest of the world.
According to A21, there are millions of slaves victims on the world today. This is the highest number ever recorded in history. Out of this, only 1% of them get to be rescued. Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industry in the world generating more than $150 billion USD every year.
There are various forms of trafficking; sex trafficking, forced labor, bonded labor, involuntary domestic servitude and child soldiers.
With each step we took on the walk, we believed that together, we can take local actions that will have a global difference.
This is a conversation that people need to often have. There is a greater need not only to talk about human trafficking and the dangers or effects but also be keen to report any incidences to the relevant authorities.
You can read various touching stories of people who have been affected by various forms of trafficking in the A21 Stories Page.
There are various ways you can help, you can share the message across to colleagues and friends; you can fund-raise to help the movement or prepare to host the next years walk for freedom in your local area.