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March held in Missoula for ending child exploitation

Posted at 9:31 AM, Aug 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 11:31:56-04

Groups of people were walking in downtown Missoula on Saturday afternoon in an effort to bring awareness to children that are victims of human trafficking and exploitation.

The march was part of a global movement with the Freedom For The Children and United Against Exploiting Children groups. The groups are coming together to bring awareness to exploitation of children in the United States and across the world.

Marchers gathered at Caras Park with their signs and megaphones.

People walked from the park to the three X's in downtown Missoula, working their way to McCormick Park, where speakers were waiting to talk about the issue.

Organizers want to emphasize that this is not a one-time event. They say this needs to be spoken about until children who have been victims get justice.

"We are going to go where the people are and where we are going to get the most attention and coverage from the community, so we can get the word out continuously, because this does not end with just one event this will be ongoing until we put an end to child trafficking and exploitation," said Megan Clifford, an organizer for the event.

"And this is a global, annual event, so we will be back next year," said MeriLee Watne, the head organizer for Freedom for the Children Montana.