From the A21 Campaign website:
“Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings, mainly for the purposes of forced labor and sex trafficking. As the world’s fastest growing criminal industry, it affects every nation across the globe. Every 30 seconds, someone becomes a victim of modern-day slavery.
There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe. Men, women, and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labor against their will.”
On October 18 in cities all over the world people participated in the A21 Campaign’s Walk for Freedom. Anne, Annette and I were thankful we got to walk it together in Copenhagen. It was such an amazing experience. We had about 250 ladies from Hillsong Church Copenhagen walking in a single file line, not saying a word, wearing black hoodies. We definitely got some attention! You couldn’t miss us. People walking, driving, riding on buses and bikes did double takes and stared trying to figure out what we were doing. It’s definitely not the norm to intentionally try to get people to stare at you, especially when you’re in a foreign city. Some guys from Hillsong joined us and helped by passing out flyers and telling people what we were up to. They shared with people the statistics of this global problem. Awareness is a huge piece of the puzzle as the A21 Campaign strives to end slavery in our lifetime.
The reactions we got were so interesting to observe. I saw one man’s eyebrows go up, shocked to read that only 1-2% of the 27 MILLION slaves are ever rescued. This is unacceptable. I watched another woman read the flyer then bend down to get on her son’s level and explain to him why we were there. We walked by two beautiful little blonde girls playing in the park and couldn’t help but think the average age of a trafficking victim is 12 YEARS OLD. You can’t help but tear up thinking of that reality. Some people shrugged and didn’t make eye contact indicating they weren’t interested. But the majority of people we passed were interested and open as to why these 250 women were walking silently through their city.
Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.
Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
*I didn’t take these photos – the guys from Hillsong Church did!*