Two million children are trafficked for sex every year. Upwards of 300,000 of those are trafficked in the United States; and Florida ranks third in the entire nation for reports of human trafficking. 

To combat the rising crisis, Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) Florida Volunteer Teams across the state of Florida will unite riders in an event on Saturday, July 24, 2021 to support the ending of child sex trafficking and slavery. Online registration is now open for Freedom Rides through June 30.  

Rain or shine, Florida locals are encouraged to contribute to this important cause by registering for the Freedom Ride. Costs will be $25 per rider, $15 per passenger, or for an additional $5 by purchasing the day of the event. Event registration is now open. Pre-registration includes an event t-shirt for participants (pick-up only at participating cities day of event, while supplies last). Music, refreshments, and food will be shared after the Freedom Ride for all riders and passengers to enjoy. Routes will be provided to participants at check-in. 

There will be several rides throughout the state, with the following 11 locations currently participating and others expected to be added, so check the Registration page frequently: Palm Beach will feature Palm Beach Harley Davidson, Sanford (Orlando Area) will feature Seminole Harley Davidson, Fort Lauderdale will feature Alligator Alley Harley Davidson, Fort Myers featuring Rock Star Harley Davidson, Tampa featuring Bert’s Barracuda Harley Davidson, St. Augustine featuring Adamec Harley Davidson St. Augustine, Palm Bay featuring Space Coast Harley Davidson, Stuart featuring Treasure Coast Harley Davidson, Titusville featuring Miracle City Harley Davidson, Pensacola featuring Pensacola Harley Davidson and Daytona featuring Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley Davidson. 

Please check the Registration Page regularly for future additions. Locals are encouraged to contact to organize a Freedom Ride in their area. 

The registration link to be a part of the Freedom Ride is on Jotform, and the O.U.R. Volunteer Team is hosting a special Freedom Ride Facebook group available to participants for updates regarding the July Freedom Ride event. Additionally, sponsorships are still available, which interested parties can apply for also on Jotform. The official event hashtag is #freedomride4OUR2021, which participants are encouraged to share on social media.  

Tim Ballard, founder of O.U.R., is behind real efforts to stop worldwide child sex trafficking and slavery. “We’ve gathered the world’s experts in extraction operations and in anti-child trafficking efforts to bring an end to child slavery,” Tim says. “O.U.R.’s Ops Team consists of current and former law enforcement professionals and others with specialized skills and experience. O.U.R. operations are always in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world. Once victims are rescued, a comprehensive process involving justice for the perpetrators and recovery and rehabilitation for the survivors begins. It is time for private citizens and organizations to rise up and help.”

About O.U.R.: Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) is an organization dedicated to rescuing children from sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, providing aftercare for victims of child abuse and working with law enforcement agencies around the world. O.U.R.’s mission is fulfilled through a global network of volunteer teams that help identify traffickers, rescue those being held in slavery, and provide them with shelter care while they recover from their traumatic experiences. To learn more about O.U.R., watch the documentary on Amazon, Operation Toussaint.

By Zen Chi

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