Stop the Trafficking Run

Stop the Trafficing RunHave you ever wondered if there’s something you could do to help combat human trafficking? Well, this weekend you have an opportunity to make a difference by participating in the Stop the Trafficking Run at Purgatory Creek Park (13001 Technology Drive) in Eden Prairie. The 5K run/walk is Saturday, June 10 at 8:30 a.m. and you can register in advance or on race day. 

A team comprised of representatives from the EPPD, local churches, businesses and the City of Eden Prairie’s Human Rights and Diversity Commission are working together to plan this event in cooperation with local anti-trafficking organizations. The goal is to join together as a community, raise awareness and engage in the fight to “Stop the Trafficking.” All proceeds from the race will be designated toward organizations working to help sexually exploited youth in our surrounding communities.

One of the EPPD’s initiatives for 2016-17 is to combat human trafficking in Eden Prairie. Human trafficking is a form of slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. It is a growing problem across the U.S., Minnesota and here in Eden Prairie. Last year there were nine arrests for human trafficking in Eden Prairie.

The EPPD is taking a several-pronged approach to combatting human trafficking including conducting prostitution stings, working with local hotels and educating officers, community organizations and the public on how they can help put an end to these horrific crimes.

We hope you’ll join us on June 10!