WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Dozens in the community ran for freedom Saturday morning. This is to benefit victims of human trafficking inside and outside the United States.
Connection Point Church created the Freedom 5K four years ago. Lead Pastor Zach Maddox said this race is a way to practice what they preach.
All the money raised from runners and sponsors goes directly to two human trafficking organizations, Project Rescue based in Las Vegas and Free International based in India.
Maddox said the runners who come out really help make a difference.
“We're getting behind organizations that not only rescue people out of that but they also then restore those individuals, they want to see them healthy and whole,” said Maddox. “They also then work to fight against it, they want to prevent it from ever happening.”
Maddox said the community of runners showing support is not only monetarily beneficial, but it also brings awareness.
“People continue to get behind what's a worthy cause,” said Maddox. “It really is astounding that modern-day slavery of sex affects every country in the world today so I think awareness is a big part.”
This year, the race brought in nearly $20,000.