Solo 249 Mile Run in Chains for Anti-Human Trafficking

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On Saturday, August, 1, 2009, at 11:15 a.m., in order to raise public consciousness of human trafficking, British Columbia, singer Eric Proffitt, will began his 249 mile The Run 4 The Rescue from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to the Statue of Liberty in New York City clad in chains - all to break the bonds of silence under which so many suffer.

I'm doing this to help the world know that human trafficking still happens in every city on earth

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"The human trafficking phenomenon affects virtually every country, including the United States. In acknowledging America's own struggle with modern-day slavery and slavery-related practices, we offer partnership. We call on every government to join us in working to build consensus and leverage resources to eliminate all forms of trafficking." -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

On Saturday, August, 1, 2009, at 11:15 a.m., in order to raise public consciousness of human trafficking, British Columbia singer Eric Proffitt will began his 249 mile The Run 4 The Rescue from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to the Statue of Liberty in New York City clad in chains - all to break the bonds of silence under which so many suffer.

He will be joined in this awareness campaign by Rev. Marcia L. Dyson, Georgetown University Center for Social Justice, who recently ended a 22-day fast for Darfur, Haiti and for awareness of the gun violence in her home town of Chicago; Theresa Flores, who as a teenager was forced into a relationship of sexual prostitution by an older boy at her school. Theresa is working to help rescue others victimized by human trafficking (http://www.traffickfree.com/). He will also be joined by Ken Morris, the great, grandson of slave abolitionist, Frederick Douglass and educator, Booker T. Washington. Ken gave up his marketing business in Las Vegas to partner the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation on this global human crisis. Members of the organizations, Innocents at Risk, which spear-headed Trafficking of Persons (TIP) awareness among flight attendants and The Sanctuary of Moses, which houses, feeds and educates child victims of trafficking in Benin, as well as several United States congressmen, will be in attendance at the Lincoln Memorial kick-off.

Eric, a father of five daughters, performed at the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking Conference in Vienna, Austria in 2008. Meeting Theresa and others dedicated to fighting the modern scourge of human trafficking, Eric felt compelled to do his part, selling his home and dedicating a year of his life to preparing and training for the "Run 4 The Rescue". The Run 4 The Rescue is to help raise money and to bring attention to human trafficking and slavery. "I'm doing this to help the world know that human trafficking still happens in every city on earth," Proffitt says. Proffitt's efforts are coinciding with the historic national Stop Child Trafficking Walk scheduled in over 30 cities, including Washington, DC the weekend of September 26 and 27, 2009.

Stop Child Trafficking Now (http://www.sctnow.com) was founded in early 2008 by husband and wife team Lynette and Ron Lewis, to engage Americans in putting an end to this heinous crime. SCTNow puts its fundraising dollars toward special operative teams comprised of the most elite retired military personnel who use tactics effective in the war on terror to fight this war on predators.

SCTNow's research and counsel with the U.S. State Department has led to this unique strategy of focusing on the demand side of the issue. The ugly truth is that only a few dozen convictions have occurred over the last decade and buyers go virtually undeterred. The efforts of a single operative team will do more to save children than millions of dollars spent rescuing victims.

This grassroots campaign is spreading like wild-fire across the nation and will reach an apex on September 27, 2009, with the flagship Stop Child Trafficking Wake-Rescue a Child with Your Sole in New York City and simultaneous events in 40 cities nationwide. Individuals and teams across the country will walk to raise money for this worthy cause.

Eric's historic run will culminate partially in New York City where he will join forces with the Stop Child Trafficking Now coalition in a rally to be held on August, 16, 2009. The Run 4 The Rescue will continue with Eric Proffitt tracking an additional 250 miles in the United Kingdom, where slavery was first abolished by colonists.

For more information on Eric Proffitt or to make a donation to help fight human trafficking visit http://www.run4therescue.com.

And for more information on Stop Child Trafficking Now, please visit http://www.SCTNow.com.

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Maisha Daniels: 267-312-4953

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