International Justice Mission's (IJM) student chapter at the University of Central Missouri raised awareness about human trafficking with their "Choose Freedom" event outside the student Union on Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 25-26). The IJM chapter had students paint their hands red and press their fingerprints against a big, black "X," which stands for the "End It Movement," a global effort to stop modern day slavery.

Jacqueline Homer, president of UCM's IJM chapter, was pleased with the student turn out and faculty support of the cause.

"We had between 80 and 100 people show up to paint the big 'X.' We also had a huge increase in student interest about IJM through our social media," said Homer.

The IJM chapter touts over 30 members and is continuing to increase in size. Many students have taken an interest in IJM because of the recently published articles in the Kansas City Star, which revealed Kansas City as one of the largest human trafficking hubs in the United States.

"Human trafficking is an issue that a lot of people don't realize happens right here in the U.S.," stressed Homer. "Our biggest goal is to raise awareness. I used to think this sort of thing only happened in third world countries, but it happens here in Kansas City."

Jamie Jackson, a member of the IJM chapter, feels just as passionate about the cause. She said, "It's an issue like no other. We need to help people who don't have a voice. A person shouldn't be sold. Period."

To learn more about UCM's IJM chapter, or about the issue of human trafficking in general, visit their Facebook and Twitter pages. Also, feel free to contact chapter president Jacqueline Homer by calling (816)-517-1065.

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