BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Saturday afternoon a march against human trafficking will be held in Bakersfield. The event is being organized by the non-profit organization Magdalene Hope.
This will be the second march against trafficking that we've seen in the past few months. Magdalene Hope is organizing events like this to raise awareness for a cause that they say is a big problem in Kern County.
Magdalene Hope says 750 to 1,000 different women are being sold through the course of a month in Bakersfield alone, and their studies show nine out of ten women on Union avenue are not out here by choice, but that someone is forcing them and profiting off them. The organization launched three anti-trafficking billboards on union avenue ahead of today's peaceful march. The billboards reading messages like "nobody is free until everybody is free" and person, not product."
Magdalene Hope said the peaceful march will take place on Union Avenue from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and starts at the San Joaquin Tractor Company located at 1201 Union Avenue. Everyone attending is asked to wear a face mask and practice social distancing.