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COURTESY PHOTO - About 100 runners wait for the starting signal at Sundays Let Freedom Run event at Forest Grove High School sponsored Youth Ending Slavery (YES).More than 100 people showed up at Forest Grove High School last Sunday, May 31, to participate in Let Freedom Run, a 5-kilometer race hosted by FGHS’ Youth Ending Slavery group to spread awareness about human trafficking.

“The ultimate goal is to raise awareness, especially for people my age, because human trafficking affects [our age group] most,” said Abby Aguirre, 17, president of the Forest Grove YES chapter. “Our other goal was to raise money for Janus Youth Programs because they do work to combat human trafficking by providing homes for runaway teens, homeless teens and teens who have been sexually exploited through human trafficking.”

The YES group was originally founded a few years ago as a nonprofit organization led by youths at St. Mary’s Academy, including Clare Collins, a Cornelius resident who attends the downtown Portland school. Aguirre, who was asked to start a Forest Grove chapter by one of the St. Mary’s board members, began the local group last September.

With an entrance fee of $30 for adults and $20 for students, the YES group raised almost $4,000. “Having all the participants be such good sports throughout the race and having them listen to the speaker after the race was wonderful,” Aguirre said. “The turnout was great for a race in its first year and we really hope to get more next year.”

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