Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mosaic Stop the Traffick 5K Race Report

It was a fun time at the annual Mosaic Stop the Traffick 5K race last weekend.  Hundreds of participants hit the pavement and helped raise over $12,000 for the Dallas non-profit Mosaic Family Services in the process.  The funds will be used by Mosaic as they continue providing for the needs of North Texas trafficking victims.

At the event Mosaic passed out the flier below about statistics of trafficking victims in North Texas served by Mosaic. The State Department estimates over 14,000 people are trafficked into the United States each year.  Other reports state that 25% of all trafficking in the U.S. comes through Texas.

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In North Texas, Mosaic Family Services has provided shelter, counseling and legal services for over 300 survivors of human trafficking. These are survivors who were forced into of domestic servitude, prostitution, stripping, factory labor, agricultural labor and more.  They continue to work diligently to work with law enforcement and service agencies to combat trafficking in North Texas and provide the necessary support for trafficking victims.

A big thank you to all those who helped plan, sponsor and participate in the event.  And a special thanks to the boys in my Scout Troop 1062 of the Rowlett,TX Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for getting up at 6am on a Saturday to provide water stations and cleanup at the event.

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