Walking one mile barefoot to shed light on human trafficking

Posted at 8:15 PM, Jul 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-22 20:15:44-04

LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) -- While traveling the world, Dr. Jeff Brodsky saw first hand the dangerous lifestyle of children in human trafficking. His organization Joy International has taken off.

His organization uses the Barefoot Mile as a symbolic statement of unity with children overseas and in Michigan. Having bare feet during the walk represents the children who can't afford shoes or who can't runaway.

"All these people have been motivated to action because I'm barefoot. They are walking this barefoot mile with me drenched in the rain, and not only here in Lansing but all over," he said.

Saturday's walk wasn't just about raising awareness. They are hoping to get the attention of lawmakers and others in the community.
The more people are aware, the more money they believe they can raise to help rescue children stuck in the trade.

"You know Michigan is second in the nation for human trafficking? There's something wrong with that. That should not be happening," Linda Reed said.

Dr. Brodsky has been barefoot for 7 years, and plans to be barefoot for as long as one person can be motivated to save a life. Dr. Brodsky said Joy International has rescued over 2,000 children.