Eau Claire (WQOW) – A race with a message, held by non-profit Fierce Freedom is set for Wednesday night.
A display featured at the race is to educate how easily human trafficking can happen.
The exhibit explains just how it works, with technology letting a trafficker begin grooming a victim through gifts to a diary entry, telling how the teenage girl in the story has a difficult family life.
“The reason that we really want to show this immersive experience is because I think a lot of people think most people don’t understand that this could happen to someone right from their room using a cellphone or a laptop or things like that,” said Cat Jacoby, with Fierce Freedom.
The 12th annual race at Carson Park has a half-mile race for kids and both a two-mile and five-mile race for adults.
Because of the nature of the material, it is ages 14 and up Wednesday night.
One hundred percent of the proceeds go to Fierce Freedom to fight human trafficking and exploitation.