HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Stella's Voice chapter at the University of Alabama in Huntsville organized the "Stand 4 Freedom" to raise awareness of the worldwide problem of human trafficking.
Stella's Voice is a global organization to honor an orphaned girl who was sold into sex trafficking and died of AIDS at 19 years of age. It is an organization that recognizes all of the nameless victims of this terrible industry, and the drive behind "Stand 4 Freedom."
"We're standing because they can't stand. They don't have the freedom to make the choice to be here or to stand where they want to," Stella's Voice at UAH Officer Meredith Wilkes said.
"Stand 4 Freedom" began on Tuesday at noon and continues until Wednesday at noon on the lawn infront of Charger Union on UAH's campus. Students said they continue to fight for awareness and happy endings.
"The big thing is that we see the redemptive stories. And that's when we see people that have come from the other side that have these crazy, terrible background stories but then at the end, they've been redeemed," Josh Piner, a student who started the chapter at UAH, said.
The students invite the entire community to join them in this 24 hour stand. They will continue rain or shine. They said they are not trying to raise money through this particular event, just awareness.
According to UNICEF, human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry. According to Stella's Voice, there are tens of millions of slaves to the 32 billion dollar industry.