Glynn County residents have the chance to participate Saturday in a global event to raise money and bring awareness to human trafficking.
The #WalkForFreedom will take place this weekend in hundreds of cities across 50 nations. The purpose of the walk, operated by the anti-human trafficking organization A21, is to raise awareness about the millions of women, children and men who remain trapped in slavery today.
The #WalkForFreedom will take place in Brunswick at Wellness Park in Howard Coffin Park. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the walk will start at 9 a.m.
“We’re going to wear black, and we’re going to hold signs and just make people aware,” said Michael Carmichael, organizer of the local event.
Carmichael’s daughter, Hannah, helped bring the #WalkForFreedom to Brunswick for the first time last year. About 75 people attended, Carmichael said.
“It’s free of charge,” he said. “You don’t have to contribute, but we do welcome contributions. Or, if you just want to come out and learn about it, come out.”
Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, according to the A21’s campaign, and it generates more than $150 billion annually.
Millions are enslaved around the world, and only about one percent are rescued.
During the #WalkForFreedom, participants walk in a single-file line and wear black shirts and yellow bandanas across their mouths.
“We are utterly convinced that slavery can be eradicated in our lifetime,” said Christine Caine, A21’s founder, in a press release. “Walk For Freedom is definitely one of the most impacting things that we do at A21. It is a tangible, practical and doable thing for every single person.”
Carmichael, a Brunswick resident, invited all to attend and take part in a cause that he said deserves the community’s attention.
“If it’s one child that we save because we raised enough funds for them to go rescue a child, that makes it all worthwhile,” he said.