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STEPS In The Park 2014 by EmancipAsia

The weather on Saturday morning, 5th April 2014 was adverse with heavy rain pouring down over Gardens By The Bay skyline. However, this did not deter the enthusiastic and supportive group of over 1,200 people that took part in the inaugural STEPS In The Park event, choosing to run or walk in the 5km event, to help raise awareness of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

STEPS in the Park was conceived by EmancipAsia, a Singapore based not for profit organisation made up entirely of volunteers, with the aim of enabling people to ‘take their first step’ towards gaining a better understanding of human trafficking and modern day slavery. Participants were also invited to take a further step by taking a pledge where they committed to ‘Raise awareness by telling at least 2 more people about the cause’, ‘Be more informed about sex and labour trafficking’ and to ‘Reduce their Slavery Footprint’. The supporting partners were Singapore Government Interagency Taskforce against Trafficking in Persons and ACS International Singapore. Joining the STEPS in the Park event today was Speaker of Parliament, Madam Halimah Yacob, who addressed the participants with a speech, before she signed the EmancipAsia ‘Pledge Board’, and flagged off the 5km non-competitive event.

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Participants started the 5km route at the Silver Garden of Gardens By The Bay South, running or walking towards the Marina Barrage, turning towards Gardens By The Bay East before turning back along the same route back to the event ground at the Silver Garden. Back at the Silver Garden, participants were able to view “Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking “- an ArtWorks for Freedom exhibition by photographer, Kay Chernush (check out my coverage of the Bought & Sold exhibition in 2012), as well as posters that informed viewers of the different dimensions of the subject, including Singapore’s National Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons.

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I felt great to be able to help out in a small way at the STEPS In The Park event by EmancipAsia, photographing the participants, writing and sharing about this event, helping to spread and raise awareness of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. The spirit and support of the participants running in the heavy rain or walking with umbrellas, showed great support and commitment to the cause of STEPS In The Park. Running in the heavy rain, the runners were still in great spirits, smiling for the cameras! The volunteers and helpers were awesome too, in encouraging the supporters/runners and making STEPS In The Park 2014 a successful event! Through my photography coverage/collection of STEPS In The Park on Flickr, I hope to share with my readers about STEPS In The Park by EmancipAsia.

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You can do a part too! Share with your family, loved ones and friends on EmancipAsia, to help raise awareness of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. For more information on EmancipAsia, check out the information below –

About EmancipAsia

EmancipAsia Ltd. is a company limited by guarantee registered in Singapore in March 2012. Although registered as a company, our activities are not-for-profit, and our financial records are available for scrutiny to major donors. EmancipAsia is a volunteer run organization, led by our founder Ms Sylvia Lee.

Our mission is to combat human trafficking by raising awareness, advocating change and empowering communities, businesses and individuals to take action to end this horrific crime against humanity. While human trafficking is a global problem, our region of focus is the Asia-Pacific, with our base operations in Singapore.

Our mission is in line with the Singapore government’s national plan to fight human trafficking both in Singapore and the region. An inter-agency task force was formed in 2011 to combat what has been described as “a threat to Singapore’s security as well as its economic and social fabric”. The national plan has a four-pronged approach, namely, “prevent, prosecute, protect and partnership.” Raising awareness is a preventive measure.

See more at http://www.emancipasia.org/ or http://stepsinthepark.com/

* Information courtesy of EmancipAsia and Cohn-Wolfe XPR *


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Bought and Sold: Voices of human trafficking

In an earlier introductory post of a photography exhibition on my personal blog, Bought and Sold : Voices of human trafficking. I shared with my readers on the topic of slavery and human trafficking. They are an example of something that we human beings thought/assumed that it has improved yet it is still a big issue in the modern society today. “Bought & Sold” is a powerful photographic art exhibition on human trafficking by award winning photographer Kay Chernush. It is organised by Singapore-based anti-trafficking organisation EmancipAsia, together with ArtWorks for Freedom Singapore, to raise awareness of forced labour and sexual exploitation in Asia Pacific.

Are there still people in slavery today around the world ? Based on the research and statistics here on theEmancipAsia website, there are an estimated 27 million people in slavery today around the world. Can you do something? Yes, you can play a part to help by spreading the awareness of slavery and human trafficking that is still lingering in our world today, EmancipAsia’s link on “What Can You Do” will certainly be useful.

Here are the details of the photography exhibition –

Date: 13th July – 2nd September 2012
Venue: Walkway in front of Mandarin Gallery, Orchard Road
Cost: Free

Date: 3rd – 21st September 2012
Venue: Main Library and U-Town, National University of Singapore
Cost: Free

I decided to make a trip down to the photography exhibition myself, to visit and have a feel of the topics and issues raised with the topic of slavery and human trafficking. At the walkway in front of Mandarin Gallery at Orchard Road, there were many artworks on display, quite a number were more abstract artwork / painting as compared to a photograph. I continued walking, viewing each artwork carefully and I found a photograph in each of them, very abstract at times. Inside each artwork photograph, tells the story beside inside the artwork photograph.

The stories complement the abstract photographic artwork, they convey strong powerful and meaningful messages to all of us, living in a safe and prosperous country, the issues of slavery and human trafficking still remains a big issue in our modern society today all around the world. I strongly encourage all of you to go down to the photography exhibition, view the artistic photographs and read the stories.

Phrases such as “The Price of Freedom” and “Somebody’s Sister Daughter Mother”, might not mean a lot to us in our safe and prosperous society, yet such phrases will mean a lot to those people being forced into slavery or human trafficking.