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Race hopes to raise sex trafficking awareness in Eau Claire area

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - A race that is all about raising awareness for sex trafficking, where men and women are taken from home and either drugged or forced into performing sexual acts, took place at Carson Park Wednesday night. 

According to Fierce Freedom, 36 million people world-wide are currently being enslaved by sex trafficking, and the problem is closer to home than most think. 

Victoria Sorone, an Eau Claire native, barely escaped a sex trafficking instance. "I was told that I was going to be modeling for Roberto Cavalli, who is a huge fashion designer over in Italy," she said. "And the paperwork that he had to prove it was so legit, it wasn't even funny...there was even a fake signature from Robert Cavalli."

David Shiff was the alleged name of the 30-year-old perpetrator Sorone met on Facebook. 

"He wanted to meet my friends and family via Skype and from there, I skyped with him every single day getting ready to leave the country for Italy to start my dream modeling career," Sorone told News 18.

January of 2015, Sorone was about to catch her flight to Italy when she received a call from the FBI. "He said Victoria, you cannot leave. This is not real. You have to get it out of your head, and he got very upset on the phone," Sorone said. "I can't blame him because I was not listening because I was so manipulated mentally." 

Sorone never got on the plane headed to Italy.

Stories like Sorone's are the reason for the Just Us for Justice Walk that took place Wednesday at Carson Park. All of the money raised will go toward Fierce Freedom of Eau Claire and International Justice Mission, an organization that rescues people from sex trafficking. 

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