The problem of modern slavery was made visible in Bournemouth, Stuttgart, Valencia, Bern, Innsbruck, Sofia, Copenhagen, and dozens of other cities.
Thousands in Europe and elsewhere joined the annual silent march through their cities to make the often hidden reality of modern slavery visible to passersby.
Those joining the #WalkForFreedom marches, walked in line through their city centre, wearing in black and with signs displaying messages such as “I walk for the 6-year-old forced to beg on streets”, “I walk for the 70-year-old woman trapped in domestic servitude” or “Abolish slavery, everywhere, forever”.
In Europe, people and organisations joining the walk in the last years have underlined the serious problem of forced prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation.
A21, a global organisation with a Christian ethos that started the initiative over a decade ago, encouraged people to “show up locally, to have a global impact”. Cities in countries such as Mexico, Nigeria South Africa and India also organised walks.
See below a summary of cities in Europe which organised Walks for Freedom on Saturday 15 October 2022.
In Greece, Thessaloniki saw activists walk near the sea.
Walk for Freedom, Thessaloniki, Greece @A21
to raise awareness and funds to end human trafficking#photojournalism #photography #nikon #zfc#trafficking #WalkForFreedom pic.twitter.com/GsKfrqk48h
— Argyrios Georgiadis Photography (@argyriosphoto) October 16, 2022
In Bulgaria, dozens walked through Sofia.
In Austria, the walk was seen on the streets of Innsbruck.
Gestern fand in #Innsbruck wie in vielen anderen Städten der Welt der #WalkForFreedom statt - um auf die Tatsache hinzuweisen, dass es noch nie so viele Menschen in #Sklaverei gab, wie heute! Thx an alle Teilnehmer:innen!
Infos unter https://t.co/F5MnKZpZLu! #StopSlavery pic.twitter.com/hWqmb47VHt
— Roman Scamoni (@RollingSohn) October 16, 2022
In Germany, one of the walks against modern slavery was organised in Stuttgart.
In Switzerland, around 100 walked through Bern.
Laut Schätzungen der @UN sind 40 Millionen Menschen Opfer von #Menschenhandel - ein Viertel davon Kinder.#Sklaverei # Ausbeutung #Prostitution #WalkForFreedom https://t.co/ZjhJ77GuSe via @baerntoday
— Ruedi Löffel (@ruediloeffel) October 16, 2022
In Sweden, walks were organised in 9 cities, including Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö.
In Denmark, as in other places, events to address the issue were held before starting the walk, as here in Copenhagen.
Getting our briefing before #WalkForFreedom in #Copenhagen by @philhyld. @A21 #HumanTrafficking # A21 pic.twitter.com/7yonDnIXKv
— Andrew Mina (@AndrewMinaHR) October 15, 2022
In England, Bournemouth, Liverpool and London, were among the cities participating.
Huge thanks to all who supported #WalkForFreedom in Bournemouth yesterday! Together we will end slavery by raising awareness and through education!! pic.twitter.com/1sLnHKgMql
— Bournemouthwalk4freedom (@Bournemouthwalk) October 16, 2022
In Spain, there were walks in 18 cities, including Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Valencia, Murcia. Spain is the country in Europe with highest rates of sexual exploitation.
Caminamos por las miles de personas víctimas de la esclavitud, porque la realidad es que sigue existiendo. El equipo de A-21 junto a Oblatas, Apram y Accem caminan juntas todo el año por abolir la esclavitud @a21spain @APRAMP @oblatas
@Accem_ong #walkforfreedom pic.twitter.com/D1mH2RkMwY
— Piti Torres (@pititorres) October 15, 2022
Casi 200 personas hoy en #zaragoza hemos caminado por Libertad ¡ha sido increíble!@a21spain @periodicoaragon https://t.co/oOGVlW75MU
— Priscila Romo (@Prihromo) October 15, 2022
In Scotland, there were walks both in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Such a powerful experience to take part in the #WalkForFreedom today. It was interesting to witness the reaction of the public as we walked in #silence and in single file to raise awareness of #HumanTrafficking and #modern #slavery. pic.twitter.com/eJfkmnVCa1
— Justice & Peace Scotland (@JandPScotland) October 15, 2022
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