Run to Fight Sex Trafficking to Take Place 100 Days Ahead of 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
We live in a country, and in a state, where girls as young as nine are sold for sex. We live in or near a city — Phoenix — where more than 300 ads are placed each day on Backpage.com for adult services, with an estimated 20% for girls under 18.
Victims — if they are rented to perform sex acts with five different men per night, five nights a week for an average of five years — would be raped by 6,000 buyers during the course of victimization.
Sex trafficking can be curbed or stopped with more awareness and more help for those engaged in fighting it. That’s why organizers last year launched the Run Against Trafficking in Phoenix and timed it to occur exactly 100 days before the Super Bowl — calling attention to the human traffickers and prostitution rings that regard major events like that as prime opportunities to cash in. Evans Communications was proud to be part of the team that launched this event.
So this year, for the Second Annual Run Against Trafficking, organizers are timing the race to shine a light on trafficking dangers surrounding another major sporting event: the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship on January 11 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
The second annual Run Against Trafficking will take place at Riverview Park in Mesa, adjacent to the Cubs Spring Training Facility (2100 West 8th Street, Mesa, AZ 85201) on Saturday, October 3, 2015. The 5K race starts at 8 a.m. and 5K Walk starts at 8:30 a.m.
October 3 is exactly 100 days before the College Football Playoff National Championship.
As host cities see thousands of fans flock to hotels, restaurants, bars and tourist destinations, there is a hidden cost that is lurking beneath the surface in the form of pimps and peddlers looking to make a quick buck.
Earlier this year in Phoenix, police rescued several women who had been brought to Arizona specifically to work as prostitutes near the Super Bowl. That’s in addition to the nearly 600 people in 17 states arrested during a sting in the lead-up to last year’s Super Bowl, with police rescuing 68 victims of human trafficking. Ahead of the Super Bowl held in New Jersey in 2014, the FBI rescued 25 child prostitutes and filed criminal charges against 45 pimps.
The 2014 Run Against Trafficking race brought together over 750 participants and raised funds for 14 organizations that fight trafficking. This year organizers are aiming to do even better.
The Run Against Trafficking (R.A.T. Race) mission is to raise funds for organizations working to end sex trafficking in Arizona and Southeast Asia. These organizations provide needed services to victims of sex trafficking, advocate for tougher laws against perpetrators, educate the community and raise public awareness.
For information, to register for the run or to help, go to www.runagainsttrafficking.org. Additionally, you may contact our team members working on the race:
Andrea Evans | Phone: 602-448-5959 | Email: Andrea@RATraceAZ.org
Emily Gritti| Phone: 480-277-3500| Email: Emily@RATraceAZ.org
To help, you can:
- Sign up to be a team captain and recruit walkers from your company, church or friend
- Sign up your non-profit to raise funds and awareness through the Run Against Trafficking 5K
- Become a race sponsor! Packages range from $100 to $25,000
- Invite us to speak and hand out flyers at your next gathering
- Sell $100 STOP Trafficking signs to be placed along the course on race day