The Barefoot Mile is a 1 mile barefoot walk where participants stand behind the cause of human trafficking and walk in solidarity with children in poverty, who are the most vulnerable to trafficking. The Barefoot Mile can remind us how effective our community can be when we join for a common goal, which is the safety of innocent individuals.
The 2018 Anchorage Barefoot Mile event drew over 550 walkers, 65 volunteers and raised OVER $217,000 from 300 unique donors to fight Human Trafficking.
Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world today, an annual $150 billion dollar industry. It is the third largest international criminal industry. Two million children are exploited every year in the global commercial sex trade. Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked in the U.S. each year. These crimes are not just being committed internationally, it is happening right here locally.
The success of the Barefoot Mile ensures that awareness of human trafficking is brought to light and the funds raised will assist in the rescue, restoration, reintegration and prevention of human trafficking here in Alaska, the U.S. and Internationally.