Cumberland Times-News

July 8, 2013

Filmmaker, 26, rides past area

Raising awareness for human trafficking

For the Cumberland Times-News
Cumberland Times-News

— FROSTBURG — A Purdue University graduate who is filming during his coast-to-coast bicycle journey to raise awareness of human trafficking passed through Frostburg on Monday.

Garrett Zambrows, 26, graduated in May with a film degree and began a five-month, 12,000-mile trip to raise support for the anti-trafficking efforts of Debbie Kelsey and Mylinda Baits with the American Baptists International Ministries.

The West Lafayette, Ind., resident continued on the Great Allegheny Passage to Cumberland, where he planned to pick up the C&O Canal towpath to Hagerstown. From there he will head north and eventually travel to Oregon and California.

Zambrows is filming along the way and is trying to raise the alarm on trafficking, which occurs when humans are exploited physically and/or sexually.

Zambrows said why he decided to start the June 3 journey, was because “first and foremost, Jesus calls us to do two things — love God and love one another. Nowhere in any definition of love is the exploitation of someone for physical or sexual use included. Human trafficking isn’t an example of loving our neighbors, and I can’t help but feel that I need to do something about it.”

In addition to supporting the mission work of Kelsey and Baits, funds raised will support CASA For Kids, a nonprofit that advocates for abused and neglected children.

More information on Zambrows’ journey can be found at www.ridingagainsttraffic.org or follow Zambrows on Facebook, Twitter or other outlets described on the website.