Port Stephens residents join fight against Human Trafficking

Single file along the beaches, sharing an important message.
Single file along the beaches, sharing an important message.

 

TOGETHER a group of Port Stephens residents travelled into Newcastle last weekend to make a positive and peaceful stance on a global issue – the eradication of human trafficking.

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‘Walk For Freedom’ took place on Saturday October 20, from Bar Beach to Merewether Beach to raise awareness of modern day slavery.

The group walked silently and in single file wearing all black, which was confronting, but got the attention needed to raise awareness.

Flyers were handed out by the volunteers members of the public to explain what the group was raising awareness for.
Walk For Freedom is a global campaign organised by anti human trafficking organisation ‘A21’.

Walks were completed in over 450 cities, across more than 50 countries, where thousands of people took a stand in their local communities, raising funds and awareness, and calling for an end to modern-day slavery.

The ‘Newcastle A team’, made up of a number of Port Stephens residents, wanted to do their bit organising their local event, to come to come together to fight for injustice and be a voice for those who have no voice.

The group of volunteers from Newcastle A Team will be hosting a fashion swap event in March 2019, and more information will be released on their facebook page “Newcastle A Team” in the coming weeks.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, generating more than $198 billion every year.
Port Stephens resident, and one of the event hosts, Prue Hughes, told News Of The Area, “Human trafficking is real, modern day slavery is real.”

“Millions of men, women and children sold, trafficked and exploited, not ‘once upon a time’, not ‘only in the olden days’ but right now, in 2018, all over the world.”

“We can do something about it, one step at a time.”

 

A passionate crew turned out to take a stand against modern day slavery.
A passionate crew turned out to take a stand against modern day slavery.

 

Port Stephens ladies - Emma O’Keefe, Prue Hughes, Jess Emms, Judy Mason, Louise Mason, Fiona Parker and Kerryn Shuker.
Port Stephens ladies – Emma O’Keefe, Prue Hughes, Jess Emms, Judy Mason, Louise Mason, Fiona Parker and Kerryn Shuker.

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