HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- ‘Runway for a Cause' hosted its third annual fashion show at The L, located at 116 Breesport Road in Horseheads.  

Co-Founder of 'Runway for a Cause,’ Emmi Saufley, chose 'My Refuge House' as the charity for this year's fund-raising event. Saufley said she wanted to bring this event back to raise awareness against human trafficking.  

Human trafficking survivor Salka Valerio kicked the fashion show off with her story of survival. Valerio wanted to shed light on human trafficking to show people that it could happen to anyone. 

“I woke up and I was in a strange place,” she said. “For a while, I was being sexually assaulted until I pretty much broke down and it was like...I'm going to do whatever you guys want me to do in order to survive.”  

Saufley said she wanted to give local designers and models the chance to show off their work, while also raising money for girls that have been rescued from human trafficking. 

“...knowing that we are just raising awareness here, in the community, and across the globe about ending human trafficking...keeping people safe,” she said. “Education is huge and we want to keep our community aware.” 

 General Manager of The L, Adam Bunce, said he has been working with Saufley for nearly a year to get this event together. Bunce said this cause is important to shed light on. 

“We're here to raise money for human trafficking,” he said. “What better cause could there be? Not many.” 

 Valerio ended her story by informing hundreds of attendees that together, people can make the world a better place. 

“Here I am, I won...because I never let my trauma take me to where I came from,” she said. “I just want y'all to know that, human trafficking is really real, and please be aware...talk to your kids about it.” 

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