MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Free Methodist Church and the Set-Free Movement will be sponsoring a Set-Free Walk on Saturday, Sept. 7, starting in the upper parking lot of the church with a rally at 9:30 a.m. and the actual walk following at 10 a.m., to increase awareness of modern day human trafficking and to raise money for a seed fund for the Peoria Home initiative.
Peoria Home is a project of the Snohomish County Sexual Exploitation Intervention Network, and its name is taken from the city in which President Abraham Lincoln gave a speech arguing against slavery.
Pastor Victor Rodriguez of the Marysville Free Methodist Church credited both local and national news stories this summer with highlighting the danger of human trafficking and human slavery in America.
"Washington state is a leader in laws against human trafficking, and a move is underway here in Snohomish County to help women in recovery from this situation," said Rodriguez, who quoted the state Attorney General's office website's claim that, "Washington was the first state to pass a law criminalizing human trafficking and we have the most stringent law in the country."
The walk is 5K, with a shorter route possible. All ages are invited to participate. Registration is $15 per person, or $25 per family. The project is sponsored by the Set-Free Movement, the Marysville Free Methodist Church, the Damascus Road Church and the Marysville Area Pastors Association.
To register or for more information, log onto www.setfreewalk2013.eventbrite.com or call Rodriguez at 360-659-7117. The Marysville Free Methodist Church is located at 6715 Grove St.