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Hundreds of New Zealanders stretch to end Human Trafficking

( Global movement Yoga Stops Traffick will sweep the country March 4 -10.

At over 25 locations nationwide, yoga enthusiasts will host yoga
classes, film screenings, shared meals, and more in support of the
Odanadi Seva Trust.

Odanadi rescues victims of human trafficking and runs a sanctuary for
survivors in Mysore, India. Yoga, which originated in India, has
become an important part of their rehabilitation programme.

Wellington yoga teacher Alanna Krause brought Yoga Stops Traffick to
New Zealand after volunteering with Odanadi in India. Held annually in
more than 30 countries, 2012 marks the event’s first year in New

“Odanadi has rescued over 2000 trafficking victims, including many
children from the sex trade. The people there have devoted their lives
to ending human trafficking and saving these kids, and I wanted to do
something to help.”

“This is a great opportunity for Kiwis to take action on an important
global issue, and make a real difference to kids’ lives,” said Krause.

Co-organiser Marianne Elliott, a yoga teacher and former UN human
rights monitor, said, “Human trafficking is an issue of massive global
concern. Most New Zealanders would be horrified to learn that there
are more slaves today than at any other point in human history, and
that 1.2 million children are trafficked every year.”

Co-organiser and yoga studio owner Melissa Billington added, “When you
have a heart that wants to help ease the suffering of others, it can
be daunting to know where to begin. I’m honoured to support Yoga Stops

Krause continued, “This is a great opportunity for experienced yogis
and newcomers alike to do something good for themselves and for the
world. We’d love to see even more participation all over New Zealand.”

Media Release 23 February 2012.



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