LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 8, 2012) - When you think of human trafficking, you may not think that it can touch you here in Arkansas. But victim advocates say that human trafficking is happening in the Natural State, with even young girls getting trapped.
Polaris Project, a leading advocacy group, has just come out with new state ratings and this year Arkansas is part of what is known as the "faltering four" states.
Loral Par and Christina Branson are with a local group called Rush Hour [Traffic]. Their goal is to to bring awareness and stop the cycle.
"[Arkansas is] definitely not doing what we need to but we are going to," says Branson. "We're presenting new legislature next year along with legislators on both sides of the aisle so we can combat human trafficking, prosecute the traffickers and support the survivors."
To help raise funds for victims of human trafficking, Rush Hour is hosting the 'One Step 5K Run/Walk & Kids 1-Mile' on Saturday, October 13 at the Big Dam Bridge.
Registration costs for the 5K are $20 and $10 for the Kids 1-Mile. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and the kids walk begins at 9 a.m. The race starts/ends at foot of Big Dam Bridge at Cooks Landing.
You can register for the event by clicking here.
THV's Ashley Blackstone spoke with Par and Branson on the importance of stopping human trafficking. Click on the THVideo!