The Walk for Freedom is being held this Saturday at Clasky Common Park in New Bedford and is being used by activists as a way to bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking.

Organizer Markee Johnson tells WBSM News that while many people may view human trafficking as something which takes place in other communities, or even other continents, it wasn't that long ago that a major human trafficking incident took place in this community.

"In the mid 2000's there was a major bust at a manufacturing facility here in Bristol County where there were roughly 300 people who were forced into human trafficking for the purposes of labor trafficking," said Johnson.

Johnson says that while this is an important issue for all members of society to be aware of it is especially important for parents with teenage children.

"Trafficking, unfortunately, as far U.S. citizens are concerned, ends up being girls and young teenage boys in high school," said Johnson "so it's bringing awareness to it and letting parents know so they know what to look for as well."

The check in and registration for the walk will begin at 11:30 p.m.

For more information or to register online click here.

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