Stop the Trafficking is a collaborative event to raise awareness about human trafficking. A team comprised of representatives from local churches, businesses and the City of Eden Prairie are working together to plan this event in cooperation with local anti-trafficking organizations.
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. It is considered one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world, 2nd to drugs.
Our communities are personally affected by human trafficking including the sexual exploitation of children. The average age a child becomes a victim of sex trafficking in the United States is 12 – 14 years old, and at least 100,000 children are exploited every year within our borders.
Our goal through this 5K Walk/Run for Justice is to come together as a community, raise awareness and engage in the fight to Stop the Trafficking. All proceeds from the race will be designated to organizations working to help sexually exploited youth and women. In the past, proceeds have benefited The Link – Passageways Home, Terebrinth Refuge, Heartland Girls Ranch, Source Ministries, Breaking Free, Mission21, Cornerstone, Open Hands Foundation (Hope Hope) and International Justice Mission (Dominican Republic).
“Nothing happens just because we are aware of modern-day slavery, but nothing will ever happen until we are.” – Gary Haugen, International Justice Mission (IJM)