COLONIA, YAP FSM.  The Yap State Human Trafficking Task Force will host an Awareness Walk on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. to raise awareness about gender-based violence and human trafficking in Yap.



Registration will take place at the Yap Human Trafficking Task Force booth at the Living History Museum during Yap’s Homecoming Summer Festival beginning Friday, June 16th from 12 noon to 5:00pm, and from 6:30 to 7:00 am on Saturday, June 17th. The Walk will begin at 7:00am on Saturday.


Participants will walk around the lagoon and arrive back at the Task Force booth where t-shirts will be awarded to the first 100 people to complete the Walk. All other participants will receive a reusable water bottle after completing the Walk in recognition of their participation in this important initiative to raise awareness and stop human trafficking and gender-based violence in Yap. A special raffle will also be held at the booth with winners announced on Saturday afternoon.


Human trafficking is the trade of human beings for the purpose of exploitation, such as forced labor and commercial sex. This form of modern slavery is an issue that occurs everywhere in the world, even in the State of Yap. Established in August 2015, the Yap State Human Trafficking Task Force promotes awareness and helps prevent trafficking in Yap. [/restrict]