WHY YOGA

We believe consciousness is key for a world free from slavery. Conscious people generally don’t buy, sell and sexually exploit human beings for financial gain. Conscious people are more inclined to make positive change in the world…so our aim is to awaken mankind, one yoga class at a time.

While Yoga is great for increasing strength and flexibility, as well as improving general wellbeing, it is not just a physical practice. It is a deeply spiritual practice that unifies mind, body and soul to create balance and internal awareness. Too often we look outward into our environment for things to make us happy when everything we need to be happy, fulfilled and at peace is already within us.

With regular practice you will quiet your mind, inspire your soul, and recondition yourself to be free from negative mind states, anxiety, stress, insomnia, mood swings and fluctuating thoughts between past and future. You will soon discover your true self and start to live with awareness, firmly anchored in the present, where your life happens. By living with awareness, we are free.

If you would like to join the movement to end human trafficking by participating in a ‘practice for freedom’ yoga class, find your nearest Be Free Yoga Ambassador.

TRAUMA SENSITIVE  YOGA

‘Trauma sensitive yoga’ for sex trafficking survivors is also a service we offer, as it allows survivors to reclaim their bodies, build physical and mental strength, as well as restoring a sense of peace, confidence and self worth. For more information about ‘trauma sensitive yoga’, visit www.traumasensitiveyogaaustralia.com (Trauma Sensitive Yoga Australia is a major sponsor of BE FREE YOGA)

THE PROBLEM

While human trafficking and slavery is a rife in Cambodia and other developing countries, the crisis is not just confined to this part of the world; Australia is also a destination country.  People are trafficked into Australia for exploitation, including forced labour, slavery, sexual servitude and debt bondage.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING FACTS:

  • There are an estimated 20-30 million people enslaved in the world today, more than at any other time in history.
  • According to UNICEF, 2 million children are sold into the sex trade every year.
  • Studies indicate that children in sex slavery may be victimised by 100-1500 perpetrators per year.
  • In South East Asia, many of these children are sold for as little as $50 and some as young as 6 years old.
  • Profits from sex slavery exceed US9.5 billion per year.
  • Human trafficking is the second largest organised crime in the world. It has become a bigger business than drug trafficking.
  • Human trafficking victims are subject to rape, torture, forced abortions, starvation and threats to family members.
  • The U.N estimates that 2.5 million people from 127 countries have been trafficked to 137 countries for purposes such as forced labour, sexual exploitation, removal of organs, forced marriages, child adoption and begging.
  • A 2006 study found that 76% of trafficked women were physically abused by their trafficker, 90% were physically forced to engage in sexual acts and 91% were threatened with death, beatings, harm to their families and re-trafficking.
  • In 2009 there were only 4,166 successful human trafficking prosecutions worldwide, 335 of which were for forced labor.

THE SOLUTION

Community awareness and education is the first step towards abolishing these practices. The more that this subject is brought into the spotlight and discussed openly, the more pressure we can put on governments to take action, and the more chance we have of shaming the offenders who fuel the problem and create the demand. Click here to find out more about how you can be part of the solution and help END HUMAN TRAFFICKING.