Hundreds participate in Ottawa’s first Freedom Walk to highlight efforts against human trafficking. Photo by Paul Lauzon/Campaign Life Coalition

Hundreds join Ottawa’s inaugural Freedom Walk

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  • October 2, 2014

OTTAWA - Several hundred marchers participated in Ottawa’s first fundraising Freedom Walk Sept. 27 to raise awareness of the fight against human trafficking.

The event took place at the same time as the fifth annual Freedom Walk in Toronto and aimed to promote solidarity among the various groups and agencies engaged in anti-human trafficking efforts. Representatives from various groups, trafficking survivors, and the Ottawa police took part.

Representing the federal government, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney participated in the four-kilometre walk that began with speeches at the Ottawa Convention Centre and ended with a rally on Parliament Hill.

“Our Government is on the frontlines of the global fight against human trafficking,” Blaney said. “We are here today to continue to build partnerships that will help to address these heinous crimes. Together, we will continue helping the victims of this despicable crime and make sure we hold those responsible accountable for their crimes.”

Blaney outlined to the marchers the steps Canada has taken to implement the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking the government launched in June 2012, noting Canada has acted to combat human trafficking in all its forms.

The national action plan includes initiatives to prevent trafficking, identify victims, protect the vulnerable and prosecute traffickers, he said. It also supports the efforts of various groups that work in the area to help victims.

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