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Freedom Cyclers Riding To Fight Human Trafficking Stop In Rogers

Posted: July 8, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO SAMANTHA BAKER • @NWASAMANTHA Jason Elliott, from left, Jeff Maier, Taylor Carlisle and Matthew Roelofs, seniors at the University of Tennessee, pose with their bicycles Monday in Rogers after cycling into town on their way across the United States. The Freedom Cyclers, as they call themselves, are cycling across the country to raise awareness and money in an effort to end human trafficking. The team began its trip near Los Angeles on June 11 and plan to end in Savannah, Ga. on July 25.
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STAFF PHOTO SAMANTHA BAKER • @NWASAMANTHA Jason Elliott, from left, Jeff Maier, Taylor Carlisle and Matthew Roelofs, seniors at the University of Tennessee, pose with their bicycles Monday in Rogers after cycling into town on their way across the United States. The Freedom Cyclers, as they call themselves, are cycling across the country to raise awareness and money in an effort to end human trafficking. The team began its trip near Los Angeles on June 11 and plan to end in Savannah, Ga. on July 25.

ROGERS -- Four hot and tired University of Tennessee students arrived in Northwest Arkansas via bicycle Monday as they made their way from Los Angeles to Savannah, Ga., raising awareness of human trafficking, and money to fight the problem.

At A Glance

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking and slavery is an international problem, including in the United States.

• In fiscal year 2013, the Department of Justice convicted a total of 174 traffickers in cases involving forced labor and sex trafficking of adults and children.

• Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported opening 1,025 investigations involving human trafficking in 2013.

• The FBI opened 220 cases involving human trafficking in 2013.

• Slaves are found in factories, construction sites, fisheries and the sex industry, generating profits of $32 billion every year.

• It is estimated that today, 21 million humans live in slavery around the world.

Source: Staff Report

Web Watch

The Freedom Cyclers

To learn more about the cyclists, go to: www.thefreedomcyclers.com

Mekong Club

To learn more about human trafficking, go to: www.themekongclub.org

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