millions of women, men and children are trafficked
in countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated that human trafficking generates many billions of dollars of profit per year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime.
Source: BLUE CAMPAIGN, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
IS A MODERN-DAY FORM OF SLAVERY
Human trafficking is a hidden crime as victims rarely come forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement.
The goal of the Freedom 5000 Race is to raise awareness across the country about this dark trade, in hopes that people can more readily identify victims and rescue them from the grips of human trafficking, and the threats posed by their captors. Even if we can save just one person, our whole campaign will have been worth it. Human trafficking is a crime against someone’s very identity, as it treats them like a product and not a human being.
“When a close friend shared her story of captivity in the sex trade, and her subsequent freedom and journey of healing, the seriousness of this issue hit home for me. I felt a deep sense that I needed to do something about it. There was power in her story, that even with the deep scars that human trafficking leaves on a person’s soul and body, restoration can take place. Through much therapy and spiritual recovery, victims can find freedom and joy, and a new life. My passion for electric cars gave me the idea to challenge the cross country record as a way to compound our efforts. Tesla’s vehicles are attention grabbing, so driving their car will enable us to get the message out on a massive scale.”
– Jordan Hart