“Human Trafficking: A Modern-day Slavery”: anti-trafficking group stops in Auburn Thursday

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AUBURN, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Auburn city officials met with humanitarian Kelly Galloway on Thursday during her walk to end human trafficking in the United States. 

Mayor Mike Quill, City Councilor Deb McCormick, Police Chief Shawn Butler and Sgt. Christine Gilsus joined the ‘FreeTHEM’ Walk, which kicked off in Lynchburg, Va. and is traveling to Buffalo. 

The 902-mile journey travels down the route of the Underground Railroad with visits to historic sites in nine cities to pay homage to abolitionists who fought to end slavery. Galloway’s group has called “Human Trafficking: A Modern-day Slavery”. 

“Slavery still exists. There’s over 40.3 million people being who are victimized by human trafficking a year. Human trafficking means that somebody is bought and sold through the means of forced coercion. It’s the second largest crime on the planet and only second to drug trafficking.”

Kelly Galloway

The FreeTHEM Walk is raising $1 million to build a larger human trafficking restoration home to house more victims and their children. As of Thursday night, they have walked almost 800 miles.

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