When we head out for a run, or venture out in search of work and better prospects, we all can agree on one thing: we expect to come home. That’s not the case for an estimated 27,000,000 people around the world living in slavery today.
It’s a staggering number and a discomforting idea but not one far from reality. Labour and sex trafficking are not just horror stories happening to people elsewhere but even here in Singapore. We hardly blink an eye to how the things we purchased are produced but most, if not all, of us leave a slavery footprint.
With a noble mission to combat human trafficking and modern-day slavery, EmancipAsia has been highlighting these deep-seated problems. Their aim is to advocate change and empower individuals, communities and businesses to take action to end this horrific crime against humanity. Working in line with the National Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons launched in March 2012 by the Singapore Government, the local-registered charity is 100% run by volunteers without overheads or administrative costs.
Step Up for Humanity
‘Take the first step’ toward understanding modern-day slavery and human trafficking in STEPS in the Park, a 5 km fun run/ walk held on Saturday, 12 September 2015. Organised by EmancipAsia, the awareness event will take place at Singapore Sports Hub, OCBC Square from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Member of Parliament, Mr Christopher De Souza is invited as the guest of honour. Mr. De Souza was instrumental in the anti-trafficking bill which was passed in Parliament in November 2014.
Bringing people together through sports, STEPS in the Park aims to guide and encourage participants to take actions to help to combat modern-day slavery. Encouraging a sense of purpose and hope, the fun-filled and energising event will also feature live performances, merchandise sales, exhibitions, film screenings, interactive learning and fantastic lucky draw prizes.
Besides learning about human trafficking and modern-day slavery, you can also be proactive in breaking the slavery chain. Help to raise funds that will go towards anti-trafficking humanity efforts by setting up your own fundraising page with GIVEasia in minutes. Garner support for your run/walk by asking each of your friends or family to sponsor your efforts – a little goes a long way – even just $5 for 5km will help!
Sign Up by 15 August 2015
Registrations close on 15 August 2015 so hurry grab your $15 entry tickets while you still can! Fees include an event tee too.
To find out more about the reality of human trafficking—there are a number of eye-opening documentary videos—and STEPS in the Park 2015, visit this website.