Sparrow's Hope: 2 Million Steps for Hope

On January 15, 2017, American John Moriarty, Indian Tharun Kumar and Australian Chris Smith traversed 1,000 miles (1,610 kilometers/2,000,000 steps) in a unique expedition that explored the human slavery issue in India. According to the United Nations, human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world. According to the US Dept. of State of the 14 million enslaved in India, more than 1.4 million children are sexually trafficked in India. Because of the unreported cases the number is nearer to 2 million. The running expedition encompasses three of the largest cities in India (Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai) an area in which hundreds of thousands of children are kidnapped, sold and manipulated into this industry every year. According to the Times of India (3 rd largest circulated newspaper in India), India has become the child slave capital of the world, responsible for nearly half or over 14 million of the 30 million enslaved worldwide. This number is also corroborated by the Geneva based International Labor Organization (ILO).

Moriarty, Kumar and Smith set out on this journey to raise funds and awareness in Rahab’s Ropes’ efforts to rescue and rehabilitate some of the children who have been wrapped up in the world of slave trade. Numerous Indians joined the trio along portions of the route. They were physically, mentally and spiritually prepared to undertake this journey, knowing the significance of each step along the way. Over the course of the six weeks, they traveled 50 kilometers (30 miles) six days a week, allowing for one day of rest. Oh the Sabbath!!!

The expedition desired to raise at least $1 for every step John, Tharun and Chris took. Each of the 2 million steps is on the behalf of each of the 2 million children in India who are sexually exploited and enslaved. Along the way, a documentary was be filmed to continue cultivating future fundraising and awareness of this issue.

Sparrow's Hope in India

  • One Million Steps For Hope A 500 mile run in India to fight human trafficking. We will run from Bangalore to Pondicherry to Mudurai to Tirunelveli in 16 days running 31 miles each day. India is ranked #1 in the world in the numbers of people being sexually trafficked. We will speak to thousands of middle school/high school age students about the warning signs and ways to prevent being a victim of human trafficking. We would like to start a safe house focused on rescue, safety, rehabilitation and skills training for women rescued from the streets or the brothel. The house will be called Sparrow's Hope House.

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Human Trafficking

In February of 2017, Sparrow's Hope was voted to become one of the coalition members/organizations of The Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition (CORRC). Check out more info by visiting The mission of CORRC is to provide a collaborative community response to human trafficking in Central Ohio through education, services, advocacy and prosecution.

- To report a tip or get help please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888


Sparrow's Hope 2018

We will run for Sparrow Hope (domestically and internationally) and the Freeman Project (locally). In 2017, we ran for International Justice Mission, Rahab's Rope and Survivor's Ink.