Group hosting fundraiser race Saturday for rescue shelter for hu

Group hosting fundraiser race Saturday for rescue shelter for human trafficking victims in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A 5K run/walk and a one mile fun run/walk is being held in Knoxville Saturday night to raise awareness for the human trafficking problem in our area and across the region, and raise funds to form a rescue shelter in East Tennessee.

The Run2Refuge event is being held Saturday night, July 17, at 9 p.m. on Volunteer Landing. WATE-TV is a sponsor of the event, which will be emceed by 6 Storm Team Chief Meteorologist Matt Hinkin.

The run was organized to raise funds for Greater Grace Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending human trafficking in our region. The group is $50,000 away from being able to set up a rescue shelter for victims of human trafficking.

The U.S. Department of Justice reports a child is trafficked, meaning bought or sold, every two minutes for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Tennessee is a major thoroughfare for human trafficking, with two major interstates running through the area.

More than 100 cases of human trafficking were reported in Knox County last year.

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Adult registration for the 5K is $30 and for the one-miler is $20. Student registration for either event is $15.

More online: Register for Run2Refuge

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