1,200 take steps to raise awareness about human trafficking

1,200 take steps to raise awareness about human trafficking
Madam Halimah Yacob (second, left) flags off participants at Steps in the Park. Around 1,200 people braved the rain on Saturday morning to take part in a 5km run or walk to raise awareness about human trafficking.

SINGAPORE - Over 1,200 people battled the adverse weather to take part in today's STEPS in the Park event, choosing to run or walk for 5km to help raise awareness of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Participants at the event - organised by anti-trafficking group EmancipAsia - were also invited to take a pledge to tell at least two more people about the cause, be more informed about sex and labour trafficking and to reduce their "slavery footprint".

Joining the STEPS in the Park event today was Speaker of Parliament Madam Halimah Yacob, who addressed the participants with a speech, before signing the EmancipAsia 'Pledge Board' and flagging off the 5km non-competitive event.

The event also saw participants learning more about the subject via experiential learning activities such as an exhibition by photographer Kay Chernush.

The event was supported by the Singapore Government Interagency Taskforce against Trafficking in Persons and ACS International Singapore.

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