Walkers stop the traffik

PUBLISHED: 11:41 29 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:43 06 May 2010

Vicar of St Peter’s David Hague with walkers from the Lifeline Expedition, some of who are shackled in a slave coffle

Vicar of St Peter’s David Hague with walkers from the Lifeline Expedition, some of who are shackled in a slave coffle

CAMPAIGNERS against people trafficking joined the March of the Abolitionists Hull-London walk as it moved through Hertfordshire last week. The marchers from St Peter s Church in Broadwater, Stevenage, joined the event, which was one of hundreds organised

CAMPAIGNERS against people trafficking joined the March of the Abolitionists Hull-London walk as it moved through Hertfordshire last week.

The marchers from St Peter's Church in Broadwater, Stevenage, joined the event, which was one of hundreds organised to mark Freedom Day on Sunday which celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Act.

It also highlighted Stop The Traffik, the campaigning global coalition involving clubs, schools, faith groups, businesses and charities from around the world.

David Hague, vicar of St. Peter's, marched out on Tuesday last week as the walk moved from Buntingford to Ware.

Stop the Traffik for St Peter's group leader Jenni Warner walked the next day from Ware to Waltham Abbey.

She said: "William Wilberforce fought for many years to pass the Act to end slavery. However, what many people forget is that slavery is still a huge issue today.

"Men, women and children are being trafficked from around the world to work in brothels or are forced into labour. They are held against their will and in most cases have their passports taken away from them and threatened with their families' lives.

"It is horrific what these people are going through and we can all do something to call for change."

Members of St. Peter's travelled to Greenwich in London on Saturday when part of the walk ended with the Walk of Witness, an acknowledgment of the past by the Archbishops of Canterbury, York and the West Indies, and a fresh commitment to walk together into the future.


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