Don’t be a heel: take a long walk to help fight sex slavery

Men of Croydon: tomorrow is your chance to do something you’ve probably not dared to consider since before you first went to school, the last time you tried on your mother’s high heels.

Croydon Community Against Trafficking – CCAT – is staging its annual Walk in Stilettos to raise money for their campaign against forced labour in the sex industry. Women and men are welcome to take part, though the walk is expected to be a little more challenging for one gender than the other.

This year’s Stiletto Walk – which is 10-kilometres long, more than six miles – starts outside the North End entrance of Allders at noon. The teetering walking route goes to West Croydon, Thornton Heath and then back to Croydon town centre.

“The Walk is expected to take around three to four hours, less than half a working day compared to victims forced to provide sexual favours to men week in, week out,” CCAT says.

CCAT has staged a highly successful campaign locally to get the police to take this modern day slavery seriously. CCAT also worked to force Croydon newspapers to remove sex industry adverts, many of which were linked with human trafficking.

They state that Croydon is one of the biggest “ports” for human trafficking in the UK, with 50 per cent of trafficking victims being children. “The majority of these victims are forced into the commercial sex trade,” CCAT says.

If you want to support the cause but don’t think high heels are for you, go to and donate online.

For further information regarding the walk contact Anna Arthur on 07733 221949.

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