Locals walk to raise awareness of sex trafficking in the Capital City

The Capitol remained a hot spot Saturday morning, as two women led a silent walk against human trafficking.
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(LINCOLN, Neb.)- The Capitol remained a hot spot Saturday morning, as two women led a silent walk against human trafficking.

“Since COVID, the numbers for sex trafficking and human trafficking have skyrocketed to over forty percent,” said Kristina Hill, a walk organizer. “So the issue is increasing since COVID and with the amount of time that people have, they’re able to spend more time on social media. So they’re able to see more of the issue and more people posting it.”

Around fifty people walked from the Haymarket to the Capitol to raise awareness about sex trafficking and human trafficking. Leaders of the walk say traction is gaining as this is the third community walk.

“I just want to make it known especially here in Lincoln that it is very big and heavy here in Lincoln,” says Riley Johnson, a walk organizer. “You know thirty girls a day are sold to sex trafficking and the average age is 12 to 14. So those are real numbers, those are heavy numbers and we just don’t want that to just get brushed under the rug. We want it to be known that it happens right where we live.”

The group wore blue, the international color for sex trafficking, and are planning more events later on in the year.