Group plans event to raise awareness of sex trafficking
REED CITY — As #SaveOurChildren floods social media, Amanda Purcell, her husband, Daniel, and 40 other members prepare for a peaceful march to bring change to their area.
“We want to raise awareness of the very close and real dangers of sex trafficking, (and) on how bad the problems of trafficking, child exploitation, and abuse have become,” Amanda Purcell said. “Our hope is to spread information that helps bring about change. To show what each of us, as individuals, can actively do to protect our children.”
Growing tired of witnessing the exploitation of their youth, Purcell said she and her colleagues created a nonprofit organization about three weeks ago called The Liberty Commonwealth.
The organization quickly began conversations and researching more about the topic of child trafficking, discovering the state of Michigan is in the top 10 highest volume for human trafficking.
“It’s not just an abstract threat — it’s real and it’s quietly oppressing our nation’s youths,” she said.
Taking on the social media tag #SaveOurChildren, Purcell said the new nonprofit organization will be hosting a march this Sunday in an effort to raise awareness to a growing topic of concern.
“#SaveOurChildren has become a prominent topic nationwide and locally, as more and more victims gain strength and advocacy to come forward about the uncomfortable truths of child sex trafficking, exploitation by the media marketing (i.e. children ages 9 and 10 in skimpy/provocative outfits), politicians, and others in positions of trust,” Purcell said. “The hashtag is a unifying outcry across all social media to demand that our lawmakers and enforcers invest a greater amount of attention and resources into the mounting problems facing children in our society.”
“We personally believe no parent or child should ever have to fear for the safety of themselves or their children due to the harmful desires of a relative few,” she added.
The march is set to take place from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, beginning at the Reed City Depot and end back at the Depot after marching three circles on a pre-planned route in town.
Snacks and beverages will be freely provided, as well as information on the issues of child trafficking, pedophilia, exploitation, abuse and discrimination.
“This will be a peaceful demonstration, so all are encouraged to bring signs, shirts, or other physical media in support for the cause, although we urge that all messages remain civil,” Purcell said.
During the event, participants are asked to observe safety/social distancing protocol. Face masks and other mandates set by the governor are also encouraged.
“Amidst increasingly tumultuous politics and media confusion, protecting and nurturing our children is a mission that everyone can agree to,” Purcell said. “Our children are literally the bearers of the future.”
For more information on the organization or event, visit @libertycommonwealth on Facebook and click on the events tab.
Crossroads #SaveOurChildren March
Time: Noon to 6 p.m.
Date: Sunday, Sept. 6
Place: Reed City Depot