Contributed by Brandi Kinney
We invite you to join us in raising awareness and finances to help with the rescue, restoration, reintegration and prevention of these victims of child sex trafficking.
The Barefoot Mile:
Friday, June 17, 2016 at Wonderland Park
500 W Nelson Ave, Wasilla, AK 99654
5:00pm registration 6:00pm Walk begins
Go to myhouse.joy.org to register and/or donate or call MY House @ 907-373-4357
We also invite you to hear Jeff speak at My House Drop-In Center; Thursday, June 16th, 2016
Jeff Brodsky has been walking barefoot for over 5 years. He is the founder and president of JOY International, an organization devoted to the rescue and restoration of child trafficking victims, which has helped to rescue nearly 1,000 children over these years.
Jeff explains his mission:
"On July 19, 2010, I was at a garbage dump in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We were feeding children at high risk of being kidnapped by predators and sold to a brothel. They were all barefoot. When I got back to my room and took off my shoes, I wondered what it would be like to be barefoot every day. I've been barefoot ever since that day. Going barefoot has been my way of showing solidarity with these children and to share with others about their pain."
July 19, 2016 will mark his 6-year anniversary walking barefoot to raise awareness and finances for the sex traffic issues that plague our country and state. In America, up to 300,000 American males and females under the age of 18 are lured into the sex trade. The average victims of sexual exploitation are 11-14 years old! That means instead of attending their 5th grade graduation, these children are subjected to being sold as sex slaves or prostituted by much older adults.
This happens right here in the Valley.