Demonstrators march to decry child trafficking

User: Brittany Harlow

Published: 7/30/20, 8:05 PM

(TULSA, Okla.) More than 50 people marched down 71st Street and Memorial Drive in Tulsa Thursday evening to raise awareness of the increase in child trafficking during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Demonstrators gathered outside a vacant building near the Woodland Hills Mall to hear information about what is happening to the world’s children and how they can become allies to keep them safe.

Here in the United States, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported a 93.33% increase in online enticement reports between January and June 2020 versus the same time period in 2019.

July 30 is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Lisa Wood organized Tulsa’s event, telling VNN “RISE UP FOR CHILDREN” is a worldwide campaign under the non-profit Operation Underground Railroad, aimed at calling on governments to support efforts to end child trafficking and exploitation.

You can find more information about their cause at https://ourrescue.org/

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