While most UCA students were sleeping this weekend, the girls of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority were raising money to fight human trafficking.
The sorority held its second annual A21 5K race Saturday and raised more than $3,000 for the A21 campaign, an organization that rescues victims of human trafficking in Europe.
About 120 people participated in the 5K. It started at 8 a.m. on Bruce Street, passed through the Westminster subdivision, circled back to Bruce Street and ended in the Farris Center parking lot.
Selling women into sexual slavery is the second-largest global crime today, generating about $12 billion a year. Few women are rescued and few people are arrested and convicted of the crime. Experts estimate that about 1.4 million women are victims worldwide.
Alpha Sigma Tau has declared a national effort to fight this crime. One strategy is making people aware of the problem by sponsoring events like the 5K. There is more information about the A21 campaign and how you can help here.