5K walk, run held in Springfield to raise awareness of human trafficking

Hampden County

A 5K and walk-a-thon was held Saturday at Forest Park in Springfield. 

Dozens of people ran and walked the roads of Forest Park for Evangel Assembly’s “Stop Traffic 5K” 

The mission of the walk is to raise the awareness of Human Trafficking in western Massachusetts.

Human Trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation.

Proceeds from the race were donated to Route One Ministry,  a non-profit organization that works to combat human trafficking. 

“Its been reported in all 50 states and we know its happening in our country,” said Donna Saloio, race director. “We just have a passion to let people know to whats happening and take action.”

Saloio said they had about 70 participants in Saturday’s 5K. 

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