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"Stand for Freedom" anti-slavery movement continues

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East Texas college students are raising awareness of human trafficking this morning by inviting their fellow students and the surrounding communities to come to the universities and "Stand For Freedom."

Stephen F. Austin and LeTourneau University students are standing for 27 hours, which began Wednesday evening and will continue into Thursday till 8 p.m.

It's a national anti-slavery movement, but LeTourneau senior Regina Critch wants to bring awareness to East Texas.  

"We'll be praying, reading our scriptures, singing, whatever we feel necessary to raise awareness and talk to people that pass by," says Critch.

Critch says she wants to stand for freedom, for those that can't. "They take families, women, men, children out of their homes and put them in forced labor, put them in quarries, and put them in general slave labor."

SFA is also participating in the national movement, standing out in the cold all in hopes to reach their fellow students.

"A lot of people don't even know that slavery exists. They think it's a past time thing and actually it's still very current and it's happening in the United States as well," says SFA student Laura Sadler.

"These people have names and a face and a family. It's awful for me to think that women are being forced into prostitution, they have no hope of seeing freedom," says Critch.

Critch has invited her whole university to participate, donate, and sign a petition that will be sent to President Obama in hopes for more governmental action.

Sophomore Katie Ruhrwien jumped on board right away.

"I actually want to teach in a safe house for human trafficking when I graduate, so when she said she wanted to do this I was really excited and wanted to sign up right away," says Ruhrwien.

Ruhrwien and Critch now hope others can see the need to save those in slavery, and make a stand.

If you can't make it out to the event, you can sign a petition and donate online.

Click here to donate: www.ijmfreedommaker.org/campaign/1272

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