Yoga Stops Traffick 2013 – United Against Human Trafficking

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The Trafficking Protocol defines human trafficking as “the recruitment, transport, transfer, harbouring or receipt of a person by such means as threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud or deception for the purpose of exploitation.” source: YST official website

Yoga Stops Traffick is a one-day global yoga event where thousands of people around the world roll out their mats on the same day and are led through sun salutations in support of Odanadi’s work. Odanadi Seva Trust is a pioneering anti-trafficking organization in Mysore (South India) that rescues, rehabilitates and reintegrates victims of human trafficking. Many of the Odanadi residents are survivors of slavery, domestic abuse and forced prostitution.

This year’s global YST event will take place on Saturday March 9th, 2013

Yoga Room is participating in raising awareness and funds for Indian anti-trafficking organization, Odanadi. Join us in practicing 108 sun salutations as we take a stand against human trafficking in India.

Our teachers will lead you through the sun salutations. The event is open to everyone with or without yoga experience, so bring your friends and family. Don’t worry about completing 108 sun salutations – you can practice as many sun salutations as you can. The purpose of YST (Yoga Stops Traffick) is to unite people across the globe in support of Odanadi and to spread awareness about human trafficking. 100% of the profits raised will go directly to Odanadi to help prevent human trafficking in India and rescue its victims. This is a charity event – all donations are welcome.

Statistics from YST’s official website:

  • Three million children are currently involved in India’s sex trade.
  • In 2007, there were thought to be more than 27 million people trapped in situations of modern-day slavery.
  • Human trafficking, as an organized crime, is approximated to generate 32 billion revenue each year.
  • Every day in India, 200 women and girls enter prostitution and 80% of them do so against their will as victims of trafficking.
  • The 2007 U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report states that India’s ‘trafficking in persons’ problem estimated to be in the millions (90% of which is internal).
  • The 2004 report by Shakti Vahini confirms that Karnataka, where Odanadi is located, is one of the major trafficking-supply states.

You don’t have to be flexible, spiritual, or advanced in your yoga practice to take part in this event. This is an opportunity to make a difference as we stand united against human trafficking. If you have never attended a yoga class, that’s ok – this could be your chance to experience what it really means to practice yoga.

Date: Saturday March 9th, 2013
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Yoga Room JLT – Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Donation: aed 75

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