Melisha Keyes stood in front of a brown and orange backdrop Monday and held a sign that read “to be unashamed.”
The sign represented his idea of freedom.
Keyes was participating in Justice Week, an event designed to raise awareness about domestic and international human trafficking.
Fight Injustice Against Human Trafficking, or FIGHT, and Gators for Free the Slaves are co-hosting the week of events, which began Monday at the Plaza of the Americas. There are five other events this week.
Human trafficking is defined as “organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
Prostitution and farming are the most popular forms of human trafficking, said Christopher Barton, the president of Gators for Free the Slaves.
“It’s straight up slavery,” Barton said. “It’s not working for little.”