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Louisiana Tech students take a stand against slavery

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Slavery may sound like something from the past, but it still exists worldwide--including here in the U.S.--in the form of sex trafficking and other criminal means.

The Louisiana Tech University chapter of the International Justice Mission is raising awareness through its "Stand4Freedom" event this week.  It's part of a nationwide effort on college campuses to try and urge elected leaders, and President Obama, to pass tougher laws and crackdowns on human trafficking.

"We're getting people to sign this petition that we will send to Obama," Josh Norton, a Louisiana Tech student, tells KNOE.  "Our goal is to get 150,000 signatures, and the petition is basically asking Obama to make ending slavery in the U.S. a priority with laws and stuff like that."

The group at Louisiana Tech is also writing letters to Louisiana lawmakers, urging them to pass safe harbor laws in the state.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit http://ijm.org/stand/.



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