Start Freedom is a new international project from Stop the Traffik for schools and youth groups to inspire young people to learn more about the issues of trafficking and what they can do to eradicate it. Half of all trafficked people are children under the age of 18, and it's vital to raise awareness of what goes on as well as what action young people can take in response.
Start Freedom launches on 14 October 2009 with a live broadcast in collaboration with the UN to be streamed into schools around the world. Afterwards, registered schools and youth groups will be able to access educational resources that cover what trafficking is, the link between trafficking and what we consume, global and local gender issues in trafficking and action that young people can take. As part of the final lesson, young people will be invited to creatively express their response to trafficking in their local community. March 2010 will see the first Global Start Freedom Week when that creativity can be shared via the internet with more opportunities to raise awareness and take action.