Demonstrators took to the streets of downtown Chicago on Saturday, part of an international event to end human trafficking.
About 50 people gathered at the Thompson Center about 12:30 p.m. with signs reading, “Protect the vulnerable” and “Leave our children alone.”
“We are walking to raise awareness of human trafficking and child sexual abuse,” organizer Patrycja Bielecka said. “This happens every day. It’s a huge problem in our backyard.”
The march was part of an international demonstration planned for about 60 sites organized by the group Freedom for the Children, which advocates for school programs to educate students and adults about warning signs of sex abuse.