BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Nearly 100 people gathered outside the Edgewater mall Saturday morning wearing high, high heels. By doing so, they were making more than just a fashion statement.
"We are having a stiletto walk to bring awareness to human trafficking, and that's labor and sex trafficking," said the executive director for the Advocates for Freedom (AFF).
AFF's mission is simple: Stop modern slavery. That message made unlikely candidates walk with pride.
"We wanted to help people make a difference with the human trafficking," said young participants Jill Wedgeworth and Claire Jones.
"To make human trafficking awareness," said 10-year-old Corbin Jones in his high heels.
Corbin said he really wanted to be a part of this cause.
"Because my dad is a part of this and I just wanted to help," said Corbin.
His dad stresses the importance of this issue.
"It's a great education time for our community to know what human trafficking is. So many, they've heard about it and they think it's something that just happens overseas, but they don't know that it's right here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said John Jones with the Advocates for Freedom.
The event brought fashion to a serious issue. In the end, most participants agreed on one thing. They said they would not be wearing high heels again for a long time. But, they said, it was well worth the pain.