ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) — Following the nationwide uproar surrounding child sex trafficking, locals decided to take it to the streets with signs in-hand to raise awareness.
One of the first Tri-Cities Save the Children Marches ensued Saturday afternoon on Broad Street, where a handful of protesters held signs that read “Real men don’t buy children” and “Break the silence.”
News Channel 11 spoke with rally member Bridgett Gray, who said many have remained silent in regard to the issue for long enough.
“We’re tired of being silenced by social media,” Gray said. “We’re not going to be quiet anymore. We want to stand up for the voiceless; they can’t stand up for themselves, but we can stand up for them.”
These rallies have broken out on a national level following the temporary block Facebook placed on the hashtag #SaveTheChildren due to it being connected to a conspiracy theory that claims President Donald Trump is battling a war against pedophile celebrities and people within the government.
Celebrities accused by QAnon of being “satanist pedophiles” include Ellen DeGeneres, Chrissy Teigen, Tom Hanks and others.
According to CBS News, social media platforms Twitter, YouTube and TikTok have also taken action to restrict QAnon posts on their sites.
QAnon also believes that the President is also secretly hunting down cannibals.
Sex trafficking information
Child sex trafficking refers to the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a minor for the purpose of a commercial sex act. Offenders of this crime who are commonly referred to as traffickers, or pimps, target vulnerable children and gain control over them using a variety of manipulative methods.The United States Department of Justice
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According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, every two minutes, a child is bought or sold for sex in the United States, and the average age of children sold for sex is 13 years old.
The TBI lists human trafficking as the second-fastest growing criminal industry.
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