Julia Immonen, born in Finland, brought up in Slough, led a team of 5 women in a record breaking row across the Atlantic, arriving in the USA in January 2012. The aim of the row was to highlight the extent and cruelty of human trafficking.
Speaking at the launch of Julia’s book ‘Row for Freedom’, Fiona Mactaggart MP for Slough said, “I admire the courage of the 5 women who rowed across the Atlantic, they had to hand pump the water maker, they rowed naked to avoid chafing from their clothes, they had few provisions but they believed it was worth it to highlight the fact that slavery was not abolished when the transatlantic slave trade ended, but is still a reality today.”
Julia set up Sport for Freedom, using sport to raise public awareness about this vile exploitation.
Fiona added, “It’s because of actions like these and campaigns like the ones Julia has launched that we have persuaded the Government to legislate against modern day slavery. I am working hard on the committee but the proposed law still doesn’t go far enough to protect victims and to prevent people from being enslaved.”