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Do you know the extent of the Human Trafficking problem in El Paso County?
Experts say that human trafficking is expected to overtake illegal drug activity as the top illicit crime worldwide. There are nearly 21 million victims annually in what is a $32 billion industry. The internet and social media are fueling the rapid growth.
Knowledge is Power:
This series on human trafficking offers powerful information, education and tools for prevention of this crime in our families and communities.
Barefoot Mile Walk
By Sister Rose Ann Barmann, OSB
From Fall Review 2018
Walking a mile in bare feet? Yes. Families, teens and seniors joined the Sisters of Benet Hill to walk barefoot and in solidarity with the victims of human trafficking. The purpose of the Barefoot Mile Walk was to raise awareness about the travesty of child sex trafficking locally and globally, and also to raise funds for non-profits working for survivors in El Paso County and beyond.
The event held on Saturday, September 8 at the Don Breese Stadium, Lewis Palmer High School in Monument, CO was sponsored by Benet Hill and School District 38. As 200 participants entered the stadium they were greeted by the Knights of Columbus Councils from Holy Apostles and St. Peter’s parishes. The Knights
generously provided water, sodas, chips, breakfast and a BBQ lunch (see photo below) as well as monetary contributions. The Knights of Columbus in Colorado have passed a resolution to combat human trafficking. The Barefoot Mile walk raised more than $11,900.00 for nonprofits that serve survivors.
Joy International, founded by Dr. Jeff Brodsky, brought this fundraiser initiative (Barefoot Mile Walk) to the Benet Hill Human Trafficking Task Force in January 2018. Dr. Brodsky’s story began after visiting a garbage dump in Cambodia in 2010 where he encountered many barefoot children gathering food. Realizing these children were potential prey for human trafficking perpetrators, he returned to his hotel that evening, prayed and asked God, “What can I do for these children?”
As he removed his shoes and socks, he felt compelled to go barefoot in solidarity with the children he had seen at the dump. Dr. Brodsky has gone barefoot for the past eight years as he travels around the world speaking about the horrors of child trafficking and raising funds for his nonprofit, Joy International, and other local nonprofits to prevent human trafficking.