EUGENE, Ore. — As many as 300,000 new Americans are victimized by human trafficking each year according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Local nonprofit groups are trying to lower those numbers through education and awareness.
On Saturday night the groups Lane County Against Sex Trafficking and the nonprofit, Hope Ranch Ministries are hosting a March of Freedom.
Survivors and advocates said it’s all about promoting awareness about sex trafficking.
Officials with the group said they will be starting at Methodist Church on the 1300 block of Olive Street. They said they will be carrying signs and walking through the streets of downtown.
They said by doing this march, they hope they can help one victim stuck in a sex trafficking situation.
Survivors said they want residents to know that sex trafficking is a big problem in our community.
They said because our cities are along I – 5 corridor, it allows the sex traffickers to quickly transport victims from one area to another without getting caught.
They add that sex trafficking victims range from children to adults to men to women.
The march starts at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Church on the 1300 block of Olive Street.