Red Sand event spreads awareness

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PREVENTION COALITION – Youth and adult members of the Benton County Prevention Coalition, staff from IperionX, Sheriff Kenny Christopher, and other concerned citizens participated in the Red Sand event on July 30 to spread awareness about human trafficking.

A group of Benton Countians gathered last Saturday to spread awareness about human trafficking. The Red Sand event was sponsored by the Benton County Prevention Coalition in partnership with the Benton County Drug Alliance and led by BCPC youth. Founded in 2014, the Red Sand Project serves as a means of raising public awareness about the issue of human trafficking.

The event, held on the Camden Court Square, featured speeches about human trafficking awareness, as well as a word from Sheriff Kenny Christopher. Red sand was then poured into cracks of the sidewalk by various community members. According to the project’s website, the red grains of sand represent the victims of human trafficking who “fall through the cracks.”

The Red Sand event also featured entertainment, as the Legend Cruisers car club held a show on the square. Games were sponsored by IperionX, while RJ’s Ice Cream kept attendees cool.

“We want to thank everyone who supported the BCPC youth as they hosted this Red Sand event,” said BCPC Vice President Nikki Green. “We hope that this is something that will resonate with area families as we consider the heartbreaking issue of human trafficking.” 

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