Walk raises human trafficking awareness

Staff report

SIDNEY — On October 15, Sidney will participate in a global fundraising and awareness event called the #WalkForFreedom.

The purpose of the event is to shine a spotlight on the 27 million men, women, and children who are still trapped in slavery today.

With 200 walks in 28 countries participating in last year’s event, A21, a global, anti-human trafficking organization, aims to raise even more funds and awareness with its third annual Walk for Freedom 2016. This year, A21’s goal is to raise $1 million to restore the lives of 2,000 human trafficking survivors.

Christine Caine, A21’s founder, said, “One step at a time. One dollar at a time. One life at a time. We will abolish modern-day slavery.”

The Walk For Freedom’s key distinguishing factor is a single-file line of participants dressed in black, with black tape covering their mouths to represent the 27 million slaves who have no voice. As the line moves throughout each city, information about human trafficking is distributed to onlookers.

The Walk For Freedom in Sidney will be a continuous walk around the courtsquare, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Registration will be at 1 p.m. Participants should plan to wear all black clothing.

The Walk For Freedom exists to eradicate modern-day slavery, a global reality that affects every continent and economic structure. The goal of the walk is not to protest, distribute flyers or simply stay fit. The goal of #WalkForFreedom is to take a united stance that will turn awareness into action.

To register in advance, visit A21.org/walk.

Staff report