Salt Lake City sees march against human trafficking

Participants in a human trafficking awareness event in St. George, Utah, Oct. 20, 2018 | File photo by Markee Heckenliable, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY — Dozens of people gathered at Washington Square Park Saturday evening to bring awareness and end human trafficking. The event was put on by the non-profit organization Slave Free Project.

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“It’s a hard concept for people to think about that people are taking children and using them in the sex trade. It’s a hard,dark subject,” Jason Sisneros with Slave Free Project told

The goal of the march was to help bring awareness to human trafficking, and in turn help encourage people to get educated, Sisneros said.

“If we’re all paying attention at the same time, we can make a dent in it,” he said.

Victims spoke to the crowd, sharing their stories — including Amie Ellis, who said her daughter is a human trafficking survivor. It is something that is horrible and is going to affect her whole life, Ellis said.

“A lot of these girls are drugged up, and in my daughter’s case, that was happening. And they want to get you indebted to them as soon as possible,” she said.

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Written by SYDNEY GLENN,

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