This weekend, the Walk for Freedom march took place to raise funds and awareness around human trafficking. This global event rallied thousands as it called to disrupt 21st-century slavery in cities all over the world.

The silent march was held in 13 different countries on 20 October. People showed their support by taking to the streets in silence, representing all the people who cannot speak for themselves. Eleven A21 Walk for Freedom walks in South Africa, including marches in Cape Town, George, Hermanus, Port Elizabeth, Paarl, Umtata, Colesberg, Braamfontein, Pretoria, Randburg and Nelspruit.

The idea that there are millions of slaves in the world today is hugely unsettling, but true. According to A21.org, ‘Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, generating more than R19 677 30 000 000 every year.’

Types of human trafficking include sex trafficking, forced labour, bonded labour, involuntary domestic servitude and child soldiers. Some common methods of recruitment for traffickers includes false job advertisements, false immigration, victims trafficked by their family or friends, and abduction.

Watch this informative and mobilising video from A21 for more insight:

If you’d like to be involved in this hugely important cause, click here and add your voice, presence, resources or skills to make a change. More importantly, if you suspect it, report it, no matter where in the world you are.