Musicians join yoga instructor's chorus of concern against sex trafficking

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 July, 2012, 12:00am

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A host of live acts took centre stage at Grappa's Cellar for the Women Stop Traffic event. Claudia Whitney, a popular yoga instructor in Hong Kong, championed the event to raise awareness and money for a worthy cause.

'I've been working with Off The Mat, Into the World (OTM) for years - it mobilises the global yoga community to come together to activate real change in the world,' she said of last weekend's event.

'This year, we gathered to help victims of sex trafficking in India. Most of us don't know much about this criminal industry, which enslaves women and children for sex. Part of the success of this business is that it's hidden. I've been practising yoga for many years and felt it was time to take my practice off that big black mat and help create awareness and change in victims' lives.'

Joining Whitney's chorus of concern, many musicians in Hong Kong performed live, for free, including Gretchell 'Djemayah' Yaneza with De Kai, Dan Lavelle, Mitu, Rebecca Walker with Andrew Stanley, Cassie Lee with Ohad Levitt, Miya Dunets and Ankie Beilke.

'I love live music and I have so many talented friends, so it was a no- brainer to organise an event like this,' says Whitney. 'The community has come together for this cause and I am so grateful.

'My intention is not only to raise funds but also create awareness. The more we ... spread the word, the more we can support groups working hard to free and rehabilitate victims.'