ILOILO FREEDOM RIDE
Date: April 20, 2013
Venue: Iloilo Provincial Capitol Building
Ride out: 7am
Route: Around Iloilo City (Estimate distance is 25KM)
Cyclists wearing shirts printed with 1343 Anti-Trafficking hotline will occupy the streets of Iloilo City to spread awareness on human trafficking on April 20.
The activity dubbed as the Freedom Ride aims to promote the Stop, Look, and Listen campaign to intensify efforts to stop human trafficking in the Philippines.
By involving the cycling community in the movement, it aims to make people become aware of the importance of knowing the red flags of human trafficking, similar to how cyclists identify road signs in order for them to arrive at its desired destination safely.
Cyclists will pass through the six districts of Iloilo City and will culminate at Iloilo Provincial Capitol Grounds.
Human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
The Freedom Ride was launched on March 9 in Taguig, Metro Manila and have gathered more than 900 cyclist and organized by the group Dakila-Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism.
Dakila is an organization of artists advocating for social consciousness formation through creative platforms like film and music.
The Freedom Ride is open to the public and will start at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol Grounds. Assembly is at 6 a.m. and ride out is at 7 a.m. No registration fee.