#minorsextrafficking | 5K to raise funds for home for child trafficking victims in Aiken

Oct. 6—A 5K race this weekend will raise funds to benefit victims of child sex trafficking.

The Bridge 2 Home will hold a Run for Freedom 5K to raise awareness about child sex trafficking. Registration is $40 per person.

The race is scheduled to begin Saturday around 8 a.m. at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center .

The Bridge 2 Home will be a home for girls who are victims of child sex trafficking and will be located in Aiken.

The home will be for girls between the ages of 12-17 who are victims and survivors of sex trafficking in South Carolina, according to founder and executive director Dominique Bunton said.

The funds raised will be used for the salaries of staff who will be working at the home.

“We have to address the trauma in order for them to be successful in life,” Bunton said.

Bunton, who used to work at the South Carolina Department of Social Services, said it was her passion to help girls because of the trauma she saw each time she came in contact with a girl who was trafficked.

She said the new place will be a safe space for child sex trafficking victims.

Based on 2020 data, 121 human trafficking cases were reported in South Carolina, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

Bunton said DSS has identified 236 who have been victims of human trafficking.

She said it is sickening that people would make money on the most vulnerable in the community.

“It’s just evil,” she said.

Burton said child sex trafficking is an important issue because the community needs to know who their children are talking to and to be on the lookout if something seems out of the ordinary.

“It’s no longer stranger danger with these victims; know who your children are talking to,” she said.

For more information or to register, visit eventbrite.com.

A fundraiser also will be held Saturday at Houndslake Country Club at 6 p.m.

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