Junior David Liauw didn’t realize child trafficking was a problem in the United States — until he heard that a neighbor of a friend in Cary had been arrested for it.
“It turned out to be a really big thing right at their doorsteps,” he said.
This is the first year the event was entirely student-run.
About 100 students and community members turned out Sunday for the walk.
Liauw and sophomores Daniel Newton and Rachel Buckner organized the event.
“It’s one thing to hear the statistics,” Newton said. “But it’s another to see and meet a person, where if someone hadn’t reached out to them, they probably would have been trafficked.”
A total of 28 student volunteers joined with local organizations Carolina Against Slavery and Trafficking and the UNC International Justice Mission to publicize the event.
Participants paid $25 to hear speakers from the organizing groups, and performances by Psalm 100 and student singer Priscilla Townsend.