MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Kansas State University students are spending hours on their feet this week to help bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking.
Members of K-State's Freedom Alliance club are hosting the "Stand for Freedom" campaign at the Student Union from March 4-8, 2013.
The students are standing 27 hours throughout the week for the 27 million victims of human trafficking worldwide.
"We are joining with IJM, the International Justice Mission, with the Stand for Freedom campaign. They were able to get about 400 universities across the nation to get in on this and what we’re doing is standing 27 hours throughout the course of this week to help raise awareness of human trafficking," said Alex Kieffaber, KSU Freedom Alliance president.
"The main types of trafficking is labor and sex trafficking, with victims found as young as 3 years old, even in sex trafficking. Just last April there was a case of human trafficking found in Manhattan, KS so it is not just in the larger cities but even here in Kansas. That is why we believe it is so important to bring awareness to this horrible issue so we can hopefully prevent others from becoming victims and aid in the rescuing of current victims," Kieffaber told WIBW.
During the campaign, the students are also trying to help IJM collect signatures for their petition to President Obama asking him to continue making the eradication of modern slavery a priority.They're are also trying to raise funds for IJM so they can continue to rescue victims of slavery and prosecute the cases: https://www.ijmfreedommaker.org/campaign/922/KState-Stand-for-Freedom.