The Reynoldsburg Youth Human Trafficking Coalition will host "SOAPing up the Burg" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Reynoldsburg Division of Police, 7240 E. Main St.

SOAP stands for Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution. The event is designed to spread awareness about human trafficking, which often targets young runaways who are often abducted and lured into prostitution, said group founder Cornelius McGrady III.

He said volunteers who attend the event will receive Human Trafficking 101 training, then will have the opportunity to label and pass out bars of soap to hotels in Reynoldsburg, Pickerington and others on the Far East Side of Columbus.

The labels bear the hotline and text numbers for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

McGrady said the youth group is "committed to changing a culture of acceptance and tolerance" to what he calls the "modern-day slavery" of human trafficking.

He said the group is working to create safe school campuses and increase students' chances for academic, social and psychological success.

"We live in a bubble," Reynoldsburg High School senior and group member Belvia Bell Frimpong said.

"Some people do not have any idea of the significance (of human trafficking crimes), so we're trying to expose the reality of this situation."

The group has held several assemblies in district schools about human trafficking and presented information at press conferences and student forums during the state's annual Human Trafficking and Youth Summits.

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