OCU students 'stand' against human trafficking

A group of Ohio Christian University students braved the cold temperatures Tuesday to raise awareness for the 27 million victims of modern-day slavery.

As part of the national “Stand for Freedom” campaign, local students will stand for 27 hours at the corner of Court and Main streets and on campus with signs to inform the public and gain support for the cause.

“We want to make the people of Circleville aware that this is happening in our country,” sophomore Liz Musick said. “Toledo is fourth in the country for human trafficking [arrests and prosecutions] so this hits close to home.”

The group also walked around town to collect signatures for a petition to the White House that calls for President Barack Obama to “confront and eradicate modern slavery at home and abroad.”

They also are trying to raise $5,000 for the International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that rescues victims of slavery. Junior Megan McCrary said they had already reached the halfway point of their goal by Tuesday and have until March 12 to raise the rest. To make a donation, search for “OCU Stands for Freedom” at www.ijmfreedommaker.org.

By Kristi Murphy, Staff Reporter for the Circleville Herald