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Stiletto walk brings awareness to human trafficking

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Human trafficking is considered the number two crime worldwide and is a multi-billion dollar industry ruining millions of lives. On Saturday advocates hoping to eliminate the crime used a tool of the trade to bring awareness to human trafficking.

Some held them in their hands, while others hobbled several blocks with stilettos on their feet.  While high heels are typically a woman's fashion statement, Jonathan Varnado put his pride aside and put on some heels to support an end to human sex trafficking.

"Anything to support the cause I'm here to help support the cause to stop human trafficking," said Varnado.

A local mom who didn't want be identified lost her daughter for several days earlier this year after she was taken across several states for human trafficking.

"Finally she received power to her phone from a cell phone charger and was able to power her phone and that's when we located her," said the mom.

On Saturday the organizations "Advocates for Freedom" and "Friends of Fallen Riders" sponsored the first annual Metro Stiletto Walk on the Jackson State University campus.

The stilettos signify a tool of the human trafficking trade. They're often worn on victims to attract human traffickers.

"It's the trafficking way of saying this is my merchandise and are you interested," said Susie Harvill, the CEO and Founder of Advocates for Freedom.

Harvill said human trafficking is a gruesome reality all across Mississippi and says that the majority of victims in the Magnolia State are minors.

"They have to bring in a quota of $1,000 a day or more or if they are very young they are used for porn pictures," Harvill told WLBT.

Harvill said human trafficking pulls in $35 billion annually and could soon outdo the illegal drug industry.

For more information on human trafficking contact the 24-hour human trafficking hotline at 888-3737-888.

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