What’s your favorite color? Red? Blue? Green? Well, how about orange?
At Oklahoma Wesleyan, orange is not just a color. It is the representation of the fight against human trafficking.
Slavery was not eradicated from the United States after the Civil War; in fact, slavery is still undeniably present. The number of people continually trafficked into the United States is staggering, and sadly, Oklahoma is one of the top states for human trafficking.
When Oklahoma Wesleyan students heard about this injustice, they were determined to do something about it. First they asked themselves, “What can college students in the town of Bartlesville, Oklahoma do?” Because they realized that it is often difficult for college students to offer financial support, they established The Orange Movement, which capitalizes on the unique skills and support that they can offer— like the time, energy, and technological skills that are necessary to inform people of the problem.
Last week, The Orange Movement connected with the Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans Coalition (OATH), and Run Free by Venture Expeditions to run the happiest 5k on earth— The Color Run. Because the color run had over 13,000 participants, it was a great opportunity to inform Oklahomans about human trafficking and the ways they can help.
The Orange Movement, named after the abolitionist Reverend Orange Scott, is a grassroots student ministry that seeks to bring awareness to the problem and to connect people with organizations that are on the front lines in the fight against human trafficking.
More than 150 individuals registered to run on the behalf of OATH, and in order to raise money, they solicited friends and family to sponsor them. To date, they have raised over $3000, which will go directly to OATH Coalition to aid in their efforts to rescue those enslaved right here in Oklahoma. This money raised by the runners will help OATH begin the process of establishing rescue homes, which Mark Elam, OATH founder and leader, suggests is critical, especially for girls trafficked between the ages of 12 and 17.
Human trafficking is a tragedy and a problem for our state, our country, and the world. It cannot be ignored.
To see how you can join the fight against human trafficking visit oathcoalition.org.