A series of walkathons across California are designed to raise awareness for Propostion 35 -- The Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act.
The Walk for Justice 2012 campaign will be coming to Oakland to raise money, and awareness, for a campaign against human trafficking.
The "Yes on Proposition 35" campaign will raise awareness about the issue as part of a statewide walkathon on Aug. 4 at the Carter-Gilmore Field.
Prop 35, entitled Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act [PDF], would toughen penalties for sex trafficking and add those convicted of the crime to the state's sex offender registry.
The main backer of Prop 35, Chris Kelly, a former Facebook executive, will also speak at the Oakland event.
California harbors three of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the U.S. -- Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, according to the F.B.I.'s Investigation's Efforts to Combat Crimes Against Children report from 2009.
Walkathons will take place in Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego and Long Beach, and are being co-hosted by the CASE act and the Love Never Fails organization to raise awareness about the commercial exploitation of minors in the community, and to demonstrate the community's solidarity in support of youth-at-risk of being trafficked.
After the walk there will live music and entertainment, speakers, food, exhibits and local anti-trafficking informational booths.
For more information about Proposition 35 and the Walk for Justice campaign visit CASEAct.org.