The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 10, 2013

Pitt State students to spend 27 hours on campus oval

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
Globe Staff Writer

PITTSBURG, Kan. — A student group at Pittsburg State University plans to spend 27 hours on the campus oval Monday and Tuesday to make a statement.

“We are going to stand for freedom in the oval on Monday starting at 9 a.m. to Tuesday ending at noon,” said Lindsey Lockhart, an English major and member of the PSU chapter of the International Justice Mission.

“That’s 27 hours to represent the 27 million who are in child or human trafficking or some kind of forced labor.”

Worldwide, Lockhart said, nearly 2 million children are in the commercial sex trade. And according to the U.S. Department of State, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders annually.

Inspired by what they heard at a Christian young adult conference in Atlanta last year, the group decided to do something.

“We want to spread awareness and also raise funds, and we thought this would be a really attention-getting way to do that,” Lockhart said.

The group has a goal to raise $270 to contribute to the International Justice Mission’s efforts to end human trafficking. The PSU group also will have a booth on the oval, will offer games and an evening meal Monday night, and has planned a candlelight vigil.

By Friday afternoon, 60 students had committed to attend ,and Lockhart said they hope more stop by to join in sometime throughout the 27 hours.

Learn more

The PSU chapter of the International Justice Mission can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IJMPSU.