Cleveland kidnapping survivor Gina DeJesus is among hundreds of people taking a stand against human trafficking. Next Saturday, Oct. 20, they’ll walk the streets of the city in silence to raise awareness.
Journey Church is hosting the global nonprofit A21 to lead the Cleveland Walk for Freedom. It’s the second year for the silent, one-mile walk, which this year kicks off from Lincoln Park. The DeJesus family, along with several local organizations including the Hue Jackson Foundation, will be there.
Gina is passionate about making the kinds of changes that could keep other young people out of the harm she experienced.
“I think that if neighbors could take care of each other better, and be aware of what’s happening in their community, and if they see something, say something, it’s always better to say something and know you’re wrong, then say nothing, and know you were right,” her cousin, Sylvia Colon, said.
Organizers say its crucial to keep talking about human trafficking, as Ohio ranks fourth in the nation for the number of reported cases, behind only California, Texas and Florida. It’s estimated 1,000 children are trafficked each year, and some 3,000 could be at risk.
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