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A Barefoot Mile
October 9, 2019

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An unusual event scheduled next month in Watsontown hopes to bring awareness to the scourge of child trafficking.

On Sunday, Nov. 3, Revival Tabernacle is the site of The Barefoot Mile, which challenges participants to walk barefoot in solidarity in a mile-long outdoor circuit. The event hopes to bring more awareness of the terror and trauma child trafficking induces.

While rural Pennsylvania-Lycoming County in particular-might seem an unlikely region for trafficking to occur, the opposite is the harsh truth. The quiet area, with ample hotels and gas stations-all within a few minutes' drive of Route 15-is becoming infected with traffickers who need to refuel or sleep while traveling to their eventual destination of neighboring state New York. New York is one of the top three states notorious for child trafficking.

While no registration fee is required, co-organizer Vickie Eberhart encourages walkers to have sponsors in advance of the event.

One-hundred percent of all money raised will be donated to Joy International, a nonprofit dedicated to the rescue, restoration and reintegration of children, teens and young women affected by trafficking and the prevention of child trafficking worldwide.

Walkers should be prepared to walk barefoot and dress accordingly for the weather, Eberhart said.

Registration starts at 3 p.m.; the walk begins at 4 p.m. at 960 Susquehanna Trail. Additional information can be found by visiting The Barefoot Mile Facebook page, calling 570.716.4616 , or e-mailing veber@hughes.net.

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