These victims, who can be found in factories, construction sites, within fisheries and sex venues, are coerced into working for little or no pay, deprived of their freedom, and often subjected to unimaginable suffering. The UN has indicated that there are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in history.
After encountering first-hand trafficked victims on the streets of Nepal as a public health officer, Matt Friedman dedicated the next 25 years to anti-trafficking activism and fundraising. He asks how we can change attitudes to human trafficking, get more people involved and bring an end to slavery in the modern era.
The 852 Freedom Campaign is a new justice movement with a focus on raising up our next generation’s abolitionists to help end modern slavery in our lifetime.
To mobilize ordinary people across Hong Kong and Asia to play an active role in fighting human slavery by using their skills and abilities to raise awareness, funding and new initiatives.
Our target group includes anyone who has a heart for wanting to see slavery end. This includes: Christians, students, business people, professionals, NGO workers, and the general public.
To help address this important human rights issue, the 852 Freedom Campaign, the International Christian Assembly (ICA) Church and The Mekong Club have initiated a new justice movement entitled “852 Freedom Campaign” with a focus on raising up our next generation’s abolitionists to help end modern slavery in our lifetime. Any organization willing to join from all areas, including: churches, corporations, NGOs, schools, universities, and community groups etc.
people educated on the topic
committed volunteers trained and deployed
community leaders extensively trained
The objective of the 852 Freedom Campaign is to mobilize ordinary people across Hong Kong to play an active role in fighting human slavery by using their skills and abilities to raise awareness, funding and new initiatives.
To educate, motivate and inspire a new generation of abolitionists
To find practical roles for anyone who wants to help
To experiment with new and innovative ways to raise awareness and funding
To document these efforts and disseminate the lessons learned to others
To develop a community that walks together for social justice
This is a city-wide movement of fighting modern slavery and we are mobilizing churches, companies, schools to volunteer their talents and do their part to help.
We are also partnering with frontline NGO workers who help victims of slavery and exploitation. And we are campaigning with an international TV channel to reach the city of Hong Kong and through their network of more than 1,400 churches. People from over 30 different churches supported our first event, the Sweatshop Challenge, on May 8, 2015.