People across Utah are standing up for "World Day Against Human Trafficking" with events to raise awareness for the issue.
Thousands of people showed up to the event in St. George held by "Operation Underground Railroad," (O.U.R.) a non-profit focused on assisting law enforcement in rescuing children from trafficking.
Organizers of the event said there are more than two-million child sex slaves worldwide...and the pandemic has only made things worse.
"Schools are closed and what that did is put children in a vulnerable position where they can be solicited online," O.U.R. volunteer team lead Tyson Wright said. "You're putting them pretty much right in the laps of pedophiles and we need to have those children represented as we are making decisions."
O.U.R. has more events planned for tonight in other areas of Utah:
- Salt Lake City: Utah State Capitol 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Logan: County Courthouse 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Orem: West side of University Place Mall 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Visit their website for more events and local businesses who are supporting the movement.