Kaneohe woman raises human trafficking awareness by working out

Ilana Iaea

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Summer is quickly approaching and for some, it’s the perfect time to get in shape.

For one Kaneohe woman, an eight-week fitness challenge is much more than working out.

“I have been doing different activities like walking, running, yoga,” Tread of Trafficking participant Ilana Iaea said.

The 24 year old is on a mission to work out a total of 146 miles for two straight months. It’s a workout with a purpose — to benefit a nonprofit organization.

“It’s a global organization that works on disbanding human trafficking and child exploitation. This is my third year doing it. I am really excited,” Iaea said.

Love 146 was created in 2002 after its founders went to Asia and met a little girl who was forced into slavery and was given the number “146” instead of a name.

“Two children are sold every minute worldwide and it’s a really huge issue here in Hawaii. I think though, it’s hard to measure. A lot of times, the victims are hidden and the issue remains unnoticed.” Iaea said.

Since then, the organization has launched a global campaign aimed at spreading awareness about human trafficking and child exploitation.

This summer, Tread on Trafficking asks people from across the globe to work out with a mission of raising $100,000 toward prevention, education and assistance for victims.

“They are working on education and having rehabilitation centers. We can end human trafficking, but where do we have for people to go to rebuild their lives and get them back on track and get them into the work field,” Iaea said.

The Kaneohe resident has a personal pledge to help raise funds because of her connection to someone who was sexually abused as a child.

“I have a family member who I am very close with who was forced into sexual activity at a very early age and I think that has really motivated me to really speak out,” Iaea said.

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