AROUND the world, 27 million people are known to be ensnared in the slave trade - more than the population of Australia.
That's why Deslie Holliday will join thousands of global citizens in the Walk for Freedom organised by A21 on October 17.
A21 is a non-profit organisation that believes, together, we can end human trafficking.
The Bonalbo woman and event organiser issued a call for locals to get involved in the single file walk that will depart Nesbitt Park, Lismore at 1pm.
She described the 2km walk to Heritage Park as a way to shine a spotlight on modern day slavery.
"We are walking to raise awareness and remember those 27 million," she said.
"There are 90 walks over the world on the day and 12 in Australia.
"Human trafficking fuels the growth of organised crime and it's the fastest growing crime in the world."
Mrs Holliday was pleased to coordinate the second annual walk in a regional area - many walks will be in metropolitan areas.
"It's really heartbreaking to see that number of 27 million. A21 is educating people about what's going on here.
"If we educate and have a bit more discussion about this, people will be more aware of the numbers and that slavery still occurs in Australia and overseas.
"These people are someone's sister, daughter, mother, aunt, brother - someone's family member, just like yours."
During the walk, open to all ages and abilities, participants wear black clothing.
To get involved email Ms Holliday at email@example.com.
For more information visit http://www.a21.org