Charlotte church runs to fight human trafficking

Published: Apr. 17, 2016 at 5:18 PM EDT|Updated: May. 17, 2016 at 5:18 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Sex Trafficking victims are being sold as property here in Charlotte on a daily basic.  One Charlotte church did something about Saturday morning.

Nearly 1,000 people ran in Central Church's Pure Religion 5K Saturday morning for the millions who are caught in a life of slavery.

"All over the world, human beings are being trapped and used and abused," Loran Livingston said Saturday. Livingston is the senior pastor at Central Church. "We realized several years ago that a terrible tragedy was going on in our world and in our city and we wanted to do something about it."

Pure Religion is in its sixth year and has become a massive effort aimed at ending the slavery going on every day right under our noses.

"It's probably not more than half a mile from everyone's house right here in Charlotte," Livingston said.

"It's just amazing and crazy to me that it goes on right here in Charlotte," runner Shauntel Greene said Saturday.

Runners did their best and hoped for their perfect finish time, still remembering time is everything in saving these modern day slaves

"We really just love the cause behind it," Katie Spata said. "We want to fight human trafficking with everyone else here."

The proceeds from Saturday's run will go to different trafficking organizations, along with the church's sex trafficking call center.

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