UMKC fundraiser Friday addresses human trafficking

There will be a 1.2 mile fundraiser walk Friday at the University of Missouri in Kansas City to raise money to combat human trafficking.

The event will draw attention to the international problem of trafficking people for sexual exploitation or forced labor, which the University News reports claims an estimated 27 million victims a year.

The UMKC Ambassadors for Stopping Human Trafficking will hold the event to raise awareness of the ONLY12 campaign of the international Stop Trafficking Project.

It is called ONLY12 because that is the average age a girl is forced to be raped for profit, Stop Trafficking founder Russ Tuttle says on his web site.

Funds raised for that campaign go toward educating those in unsafe situations and for safe homes for children in high trafficking areas like India and Thailand, Tuttle told the University News.

The walk starts at 7 p.m. and cost $12 per person or $1.20 per child under 12. Registration begins at 6 p.m. at 5115 Oak St. at the bottom of the staircase.

For off campus walkers, there is pay parking on Oak Street directly across from where the walk will begin and end at a cost of $1 an hour.

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