Row For Freedom: fighting human trafficking and conquering the sea
Julia Immonen is a champion on a mission. In January 2012 Julia will be the first Finnish person to row the Atlantic in what is known as 'the world's toughest rowing race', rowing 2600 miles from the Canaries to Barbados. Her aim is to raise much media awareness and funds for anti trafficking charities.
Sports Against Trafficking is an organization working on raising awareness about human trafficking through sports. Its founder Julia Immonen, a sports fan and athlete was introduced to the injustice of human trafficking several years ago and right away started her journey in to helping fight the horror of this crime. She has helped set up anti-trafficking groups, held a number of large high profile fundraising events and worked with charities and politicians in this field.
Her next goal is the Atlantic. William Wilberforce spearheaded the 20-year-long campaign to abolish one of the great crimes against humanity of the 18th century - The Atlantic Slave. Today many trafficked victims secretly shipped in tiny cage-like containers across the ocean. Julia's love for sport and heart for this injustice are the combined inspiration to 'Row For Freedom' especially with how symbolic the ocean is of slavery past and present.
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