March for Freedom in Paris

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We asked Camille from Hillsong Paris Sisterhood to write a short review of an event that took place last month in Paris. At French Moments, we support the cause of The A21 Campaign who are committed to abolishing human trafficking throughout the world.


The March for Freedom in Paris

On Saturday 24th May 2014 at 11am, Hillsong Paris Sisterhood gathered in Place de la République, Paris for the “March for Freedom” in partnership with the A21 Campaign.

Wearing a “March for Freedom” T-Shirt and high heeled shoes, women walked down to the City-Hall of Paris in long rows. The goal of the walk was to make the public aware of human trafficking which is rampant in our towns and our nation.

The objective of the A21 Campaign is to abolish this injustice in the 21st century. There are more slaves today in the world than there have been at any other point in history, with an estimated 27 million victims across the globe. Human trafficking is the world’s fastest growing criminal industry.

The A21 Campaign fights against human trafficking through awareness campaigns targeted at the general public and education in schools, orphanages, and universities. It provides protection and care to the victims themselves in shelters and transition homes. A21 is committed to prosecuting traffickers, working with both social services and local authorities.

For more information about human trafficking, visit the official website of the A21 Campaign: www.theA21campaign.org.

The atmosphere of the walk was strong and each step was made with authority. Many men from the team were there on the women’s sides to hand out leaflets about the cause and to answer people’s questions. On this Saturday we were given the opportunity to make the local population of Paris aware and to raise funds for the A21 Campaign.

It was so great to come together united for a common cause! Together we CAN do something!

Sisterhood Paris


Facts and Figures on human trafficking

  • 27 million: the number of slaves in the world today. The average age of the victims is decreasing year by year.
  • 80% of the victims from poor countries are women and 50% are children.
  • 1 trafficker out of 100,000 is prosecuted in Europe.
  • Every 30 seconds, one person is imprisoned into this illegal trade.
  • Only 1 to 2% of the victims are rescued.
  • Human trafficking is the fastest growing organised crime industry in the world.
  • The trafficking of women generates circa 12 billion USD per year for the crime industry.
  • The plague touches both poor and rich countries, including France.

English-French Vocabulary

(f) for féminin, (m) for masculin, (adj) for adjective and (v) for verbs

  • campaign = campagne (f)
  • cause = cause (f)
  • crime = crime (m)
  • criminal industry = activité criminelle (f)
  • freedom = liberté (f)
  • human trafficking = trafic humain (m)
  • march = marche (f)
  • organised crime = crime organisé (m)
  • partnership = partenariat (m)
  • poor country = pays pauvre, pays du Tiers monde (m)
  • rich country = pays riche (m)
  • slave = esclave (m)
  • slavery = esclavage (m)
  • traffic = trafic (m)
  • victim = victime (f)
  • world = monde (m)

Read the French version of the article on our French blog here.

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About Author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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