“There are millions of slaves, and together we will stand for each and every one. Because each one matters. And every one of us can make a difference. You are not just a number, and neither are they.”
On Saturday, October 14, Champions Foundation joined a global community of abolitionists to take a stand against Human Trafficking. This is our 4th annual #WalkForFreedom and we find it so important for us to host this walk in Bellevue, WA. Just 3 blocks away from where we were walking, police recently shut down brothels freeing people who were being held captive and sex trafficked. In August of 2017 (THIS YEAR), the Bellevue Police Department arrested over 100 people in a sex-trafficking sting. Over the past year, brothels have been closed down and many have been arrested. This is not an uncommon occurrence, and we still have a long way to go.
Yes, human trafficking is happening in OUR city and we cannot be quiet.
Did you know?
- There are more than 30 million men, women, and children still in bondage across the globe today
- Every 30 seconds, another person becomes a victim of human trafficking
- Only 1-2% of victims are ever rescued
- The average age of a human trafficking victim is 12 years old
- Only 1 in 100,000 traffickers are ever prosecuted
By now it’s clear that slavery will not end on it’s own.
Want the good news? Slavery is more stoppable today than ever before, and that’s why each year we rally with thousands of others around the world and take a stand together.
Click PLAY to experience some of our #WalkForFreedom:
As A21 declared,
“Because we gathered as a global community of abolitionists, today more people know slavery exists.
Because we showed up in strength and numbers, today more victims can be assisted.
Because we took steps in our cities, today more survivors like Amy, Ivan, and Eve can be restored.”
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the #WalkForFreedom. You are making a difference.
-Champions Foundation Team
PS. Mark your calendar for the next #WalkForFreedom: October 20, 2018.