A Deeside woman has got on her marks to “give a voice to the voiceless” and raise awareness of human trafficking.
Banchory resident and mother of four Rebekah Cameron-Mowat will be making a marathon effort for her cause running 26 miles from her home in the town’s Wilson Road, down North Deeside Road to Aberdeen, along the Beach Boulevard, the Harbour and finally taking a dip in the freezing North Sea.
It will come as something of a celebration when she takes on the challenge today (Thursday, November 7) as it also happens to be her 50th birthday.
Rebekah told the Piper: “The issue (of human trafficking) has been making me more sad, furious, angry- I can’t stay silent anymore. It’s taken me a long time to find my voice, I know what it feels like to be voiceless and powerless, and now I’m taking a stand.”
Rebekah, her four sons and husband Paul moved back to Scotland in June after living in Adelade, Australia.
She is not rasing charity funds but is instead doing the run to raise awareness of human trafficking.
Human trafficking is described by Police Scotland as “recruitment, transport, transfer, harbouring or receipt of people” through “threats, violence, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception or abuse of power”.
It is a growing problem in the UK with Eastern European immigrants in particular often falling victim.
Traffickers can be exploit them by being making them work for free, selling them into sexual slavery or having their organs harvested.
Rebekah said she had been “incredibly powerless” at stages in her life, having suffered numerous health issues.
At the age of 23 she found God and has been on a journey to make the world better ever since, but she says human trafficking affects everyone and a more unilateral approach should be taken.
But to her the most important thing is compassion, and that is even true for the traffickers and pimps.
“I feel that people who are perpetrators are victims as well... I remember looking at a pimp many years ago when I worked with prostitutes, I remember looking into his eyes and seeing equal victimisation there, what got him there? Things must have happened in his life to put him there...who on earth am I to judge?”
Quoting from the book of Proverbs she said: “Open your mouth for the speechless,..Open your mouth, judge righteously,And plead the cause of the poor and needy.”