Viewpoint: March 22, 2013

It's called modern day slavery and some current and former LSU students are trying to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking. It is the illegal trade of human beings, mainly for the purpose of sexual exploitation and forced labor.

The UN estimates there are 2.5 million victims, while other watchdog groups say that number could be as high as 27 million worldwide. And, it hits closer to home than you might imagine. Baton Rouge was ranked among the top 10 US cities for human trafficking in 2006 by Shared Hope International, a group dedicated to helping victims.

You've likely seen the billboards around our area calling for an end to human trafficking. That's exactly what "Tigers Against Trafficking" is working towards. The goal is to raise awareness, encourage involvement and raise funds to support groups working directly with victims.

Saturday morning (March 23), Tigers Against Trafficking will hold a 5k run/walk, kicking off at the LSU parade grounds with 100 percent of the money raised going directly to victims of human trafficking.