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Greenville to host Stop Human Trafficking in NC-5K this Saturday

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Local advocacy group ‘Eastern NC Stop Human Trafficking Now’ tells 9 On Your Side that North Carolina is consistently ranked as one of the top ten states for Human Trafficking in the United States.

Recently, a new law called “Safe Harbor” went into effect that will hopefully change that statistic. Local non-profit Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now’s founder, Pam Strickland, lobbied Senators and Representatives to support the bill, and traveled to Raleigh to speak at Senate Committee Hearings in favor of the bill.

Effective October 1, “Safe Harbor” ensures that minors who are exploited by sex traffickers will be rescued and receive services, and not be arrested for prostitution.

In addition to stronger laws, the group believes that more involvement by the community is necessary to stop human trafficking. Eastern NC Stop Human Trafficking Now tells 9 On Your Side that they want to create a community that actively works towards abolishing Human Trafficking locally and globally.

To that end, the group seeks to educate the public at community events like PirateFest and the Uptown Umbrella Market.  Representatives sell Fair Trade products and talk to customers about how buying Fair Trade certified goods is human trafficking prevention.

ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now’s founder speaks frequently on the ECU and PCC campuses, as well as to professional, church and civic groups.

This week, ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now is creating awareness about the issue of human trafficking in North Carolina by hosting its 5th Annual 5K to Stop Human Trafficking Saturday, October 12 at 8am at the Greenville Town Common.

Online registration is available through midnight Thursday, and on-site registration will be available Saturday morning from 6:30am until 7:45am.

The group says walkers and runners who raise at least $100 will receive a Fair Trade market bag as a thank you gift.

Walkers, runners and their supporters will also have the opportunity to learn more about Fair Trade, and to purchase Fair Trade products, as Fair Traders, the group’s Fair Trade market, will be open. Nativities, ornaments, jewelry and other items from all over the world will be available for sale-all made by artisans paid a fair, living wage for their work.

More details and registration: http://encstophumantrafficking.org/index.php/events/5krunwalk

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