Walk to raise human trafficking awareness makes a stop in Rochester
(WHAM photo) Members of FreeTHEM Walkers made a stop in Rochester Thursday.

Rochester, N.Y. – A campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking made a stop in our area Thursday.

Kelly Diane Galloway and the FreeTHEM Walkers are walking 902 miles, traveling the route of the Underground Railroad. Their goal is to raise awareness of human trafficking and to help put an end to it.

The group started the walk in Virginia and will be concluding it Saturday in Buffalo.

While in Rochester Thursday, members met with local leaders and community members to discuss the initiative.

Galloway says, when it comes to combatting human trafficking, the first step is to get educated.

“It is important for people to learn what is human trafficking - how does it happen, how to spot it, how to stop it and then to me, most importantly, how can I join the fight,” she said.

The 902-mile number, initially, was not a symbolic one; instead, it was determined based on the actual amount of miles walkers would be traveling.

However, as time went on, Galloway said “902” gained an unexpected meaning.

“902 miles for us means freedom," she said. "902 miles now, for us, means perseverance. It means that we wake up every single day committed to a fight and hopefully getting other people, too.”

FreeTHEM Walkers offers resources to learn more about human trafficking and what can be done to help stop it. For more information, click here.

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