Human trafficking also known as modern day slavery is a criminal business that profits from enslaving people for sexual servitude and forced labor. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services it is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world today (second only to drug trafficking). According to the International Justice Mission, human trafficking generates an estimated $150 billion each year and crosses all religious and economic boundaries. Children as young as four years old are being violently exploited as slaves. The State of Ohio is 4th in the United States for human trafficking.

 

March for Freedom – Columbus is a 501c3 organization that was formed for the purpose of raising awareness and supporting the victims of human trafficking. We are hosting our 4th Annual March for Freedom in Columbus to raise awareness of the human rights violations of prostitution and trafficking. We welcome all concerned citizens, houses of worship, ministry and service organizations, along with all survivors of human trafficking to join us on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2 p.m. We will meet at Columbus City Hall, 90 West Broad St., and walk to the Ohio Statehouse where we’ll hear several heart stirring messages and take a pledge to personally fight human trafficking. Past speakers include City of Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Senator Rob Portman, CATCH Court Municipal Court Judge Paul Herbert, and March for Freedom founder, Gerald L. Rice.

 

Early registration (before April 1, 2018) is $25. Registration (after April 1) is $30. All registrations include a new 2018 t-shirt. In addition to registering for the March, we encourage you to consider sponsoring a victim/survivor this year. Our new goal is to present each survivor at the march with a gift certificate to help with their financial needs. Ongoing monthly gifts from churches and individuals will be used to assist them in educational endeavors.

 

For further information or to arrange for an educational speaker for your group, please feel free to contact Jeanette Bradley by phone at 614-579- 7478.

 

Join us in the fight for human rights and help us raise awareness of human trafficking by marching with us on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2 pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Sincerely,

Gerald Rice, President and Founder

Jeanette Bradley, Vice President and Organizer