• Human trafficking is a real issue in our city

    The 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis will bring the issue to a new level of dysfunction

  • The Need

    Nationally, locally and in connection to the Super Bowl

    12-14 Years old

    Average age victims enter into sexual exploitation.

    13 U.S. Cities

    The FBI has identified the Twin Cities as one of 13 U.S. cities with a high incidence rate of sexual exploitation of children.

    100,000 Children

    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children conservatively estimates that 100,000 children are victims of sexual exploitation in the United States every year.

    $547,000 (or more) in a year

    The Polaris Project conservatively estimates that a pimp with a “stable” of three girls or women often enforces an average nightly quota. Making $547,000 (or more) in a year.

    213 Girls​

    A November 2010 study found that each month in Minnesota at least 213 girls are sold for sex an average of five times per day through the Internet and escort services.

    133 Arrests for sex with minors

    During the Dallas Super Bowl in 2011 according to the Nat'l Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

  • About the run

    All the details

    THE RUN

    A 5K walk/run on January 2018 in the concourse of Target Field. 100% of proceeds go toward fighting human trafficking in our city.

    Registration will go live later this summer but reserve your spot today!

    http://bit.ly/2s8ByCX

     

    Anyone under the age of 8 may register for free.

     

    Friends and family welcome to come and cheer!

    GET INVOLVED

    1. Sign up for the 5K to walk or run.
    2. Be a recognized event sponsor at $500, $1000, or $5000 allowing for 100% of registration fees to go to The Link, SourceBreaking Free, Cornerstone and Brittany's Place.
    3. Help market this event in order to recruit hundreds to walk and run.
    4. Join the collaborative team working together over the next months to help prevent human trafficking in our city when the Super Bowl comes to Minnesota on Feb. 4, 2018.

    DONATIONS

    Venture will be managing contributions for the Super Run. 100% of contributions will go towards fighting human trafficking in Minnesota. Venture is not taking a percentage of contributions. Following the event, an accounting documentation will be available for reviewal. All race fees are tax deductible.

    Please make checks out to Venture, memo: Super Run. Venture, 511 E Travelers Trl, Burnsville, MN 55337.

     

    All runners/walkers will be given access to a personalized fundraising page provided by Venture if you would like to raise additional funds for the event. Anyone fundraising to cover the registration fee will be given a special code so as to skip payment directly in the registration form.

  • 100% of proceeds go to:

    These three organizations will also be offering training and volunteer opportunities to participants. Human trafficking in our city is hard to combat as a solitary fighter. Together with these great organizations and others, we can make an impact.

    Building supportive communities with youth

    "Our mission is to build a supportive community network that strengthens and transforms the lives of youth and their families through education, advocacy, housing and a dynamic network of social services."

    To end all forms of prostitution and sex-trafficking

    Every year, Breaking Free helps over 500 women escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing, and education.

    Hope and opportunity in the city

    "Through urban outreach and anti-trafficking efforts, SOURCE empowers the at-risk and unreached to make a break from the past and build foundations for the future."

    Rebuilding Lives and Restoring Hope

    For over 30 years, Cornerstone staff have been serving adults and children traumatized by unhealthy, destructive relationships based on power and control.

    Understanding the intersections between domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, we provide comprehensive services and support for victims of interpersonal violence and their families.

    A Safe and Sound Shelter for Girls

    Brittany’s Place aims to empower young girls and women to be aware of their self-worth and to make healthy choices to ensure a successful and prosperous future.

  • We Need Your Help Spread The Word

    Download the promotional packet and get the word out

  • Current Partners

    Organizations that have joined the fight

  • When I heard the stories of some women who had been trapped in trafficking, all the petty problems I had been worrying about that day seemed like nothing. Those women go through nightmares everyday that I can barely imagine. I realized how privileged I actually am. I do not have to worry about where I am going to sleep or who I am going to have to sleep with. I do not have to worry about what might happen to me every single night.

     

    As I listened to these women's stories, it dawned on me that I couldn't just walk away from this. It is impossible to look into those women's eyes, hear the atrocities they went through, and continue to go about my daily business. These are real women. This is real life. This is not fiction.

    - Kaiya -

    I care about human trafficking in our city because it is a big deal. Usually when people think of trafficking, they think it happens in other countries. They don’t really think of it in their own city. We need to raise awareness that it is in our city. It is heartbreaking knowing a lot of people don’t feel safe in this city because of human trafficking.

     

    No one should be scared to go outside and live his or her life. People should not have to be afraid of getting taken and used. Everyone should feel safe where he or she lives. We need to do something about this so everyone can feel safe and no more people have to go through human trafficking.

    - Julia -

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