Sacto 9-1-1
August 26, 2010
Human trafficking fundraiser in Sacramento

By Stephen Magagnini
smagagnini@sacbee.com

Several agencies dedicated to fighting human trafficking will hold a march and informational fair Saturday in Sacramento's Cesar Chavez Park.

Hosted by Chab Dai, a non-profit founded in Cambodia to combat human trafficking across the globe, the event will raise money for a number of Sacramento-area organizations, including Opening Doors, My Sister's House and WIND Youth Services that provide services to victims of human trafficking victims.

To register for the 10 a.m. march, arrive between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Cesar Chavez Park, said spokesman Jeremy Maz. The entry fee for adults is $45, for youth ages 13-20 it's $25, and children from 5 to 13 years old cost $8, participants younger than 5 are free.

The march will be followed by entertainment and information on human trafficking efforts in Sacramento.

For more information go to www.sacmarchagainstslavery.com.

Chab Dai (literally "joining hands" in Khmer) was founded in Cambodia in 2005, and expanded into the United States in 2008. Chab Dai aims to combat human trafficking and modern day slavery through coalition building, advocacy and community education. Chab Dai USA is based in Sacramento. For more information: www.chabdai.org or (866) 305-9800.

According to the International Organization for Migration, there are an estimated 12.3 million adults and children in forced labor, bonded labor and forced prostitution at any given time across the globe, Chab Dai reported. A report by the California Alliance to Combat Trafficking Task Force indicates California to be one of the United States' top destinations for people who force victims into hard labor and prostitution.

Call The Bee's Stephen Magagnini, (916) 321-1072.

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