UMHB to help fight human trafficking with 5K
Friday, 20 April 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
On April 14, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Resident Assistants (RAs) will be hosting the 2012 Cru for a Cause 5-K Race in front of the Mayborn Campus Center on the UMHB campus. Every penny raised by this event will go to the Freedom Youth Project in San Antonio.
"Usually when you see an event like this in support of a cause, the charity only gets paid after all the costs of the event have been covered," Resident Director Christan Hammonds said. "In our case the Student Life division's programming money is covering all of the costs to run the event, so literally every penny raised by registrations, t-shirt sales or the silent auction will go to fighting human trafficking."
The Freedom Youth Project was established to research and document treatment protocols for victims of Child Sex Trafficking in America. While often considered a foreign issue, human trafficking is a global problem with an estimated 15 to 18 thousand victims smuggled or transported within the United States every year. These victims have been referred to as "modern-day slaves," forced into hard labor or sex work. Human traffickers typically target American-born girls between the ages of 12 and 14. San Antonio has become a criminal "hot spot" for trafficking due to its location on the I-35 and I-10 corridors. Funds raised by the 5-K and other race day activities will help build the Restoration House in San Antonio, a safe home for rescued trafficking victims.
Along with the 5-K race, the 2012 Cru for a Cause event will also feature a number of family friendly activities including a special Kids-K run, face painting, and a bouncy house. The silent auction will feature more than a dozen great items from a number of Central Texas venders.
While the race will not start until 2 p.m., registration and other activities will open at 12:30 p.m.