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Hundreds Race for the Black and Missing

WI Web Staff | 5/29/2013, 9 p.m.
More than 500 people participated in the Black & Missing Foundation's 5K Race on May 25. Last year, more than 265,000 minorities disappeared in the United States. The Umbrella Syndicate

Tarry said human sex and forced labor trafficking is a $32 billion business and involves children as young as 12. People buy children on the Internet; captors take young people's passports and IDs, change their names, and rape and sell them. Often, she said, children are raped and sold several times a day.

Fox News Anchor Allison Seymour is a Black and Missing board member.

"I have three little girls who happen to be children of color," said Seymour, a broadcaster for 20 years, 13 with Fox 5. "This was a fun way to get the word out. This is my first time coming out for a walk. I had every intention to, but I was talking to people [about the issue]."

Local artist Michael Anthony Brown, a volunteer and supporter, stressed the event's significance.

"We do this because we care about children," said the father of an eight-year-old daughter. "Without question it's important. I'm aware that the media doesn't give black children the same priority. That's bad and sad and makes you question a lot of the values we're taught this country stands for. I'm doing what I can to help and hopefully with this article and other things, we can shine a little light on this issue."