Pay it Forward: Utah man bicycles across U.S. to fight sex trafficking

Pay it Forward: Utah man bicycles across U.S. to fight sex trafficking (Photo courtesy Wyatt Buttars)

(KUTV) Wyatt Buttars and his trusty old bike are on an important mission.

He is biking across the United States from San Diego, California to Jacksonville, Florida.

He hopes to raise money and awareness for Operation Underground Railroad.

"A lot of people don't think that slavery still exists, but it does," Buttars said.

Buttars was inspired to fight sex trafficking after seeing the documentary, "The Abolitionists."

"I had tears in my eyes during the film," he said.

He wanted to do something, and had always wanted to do a bicycle tour.

"I decided to incorporate them both and to kill two birds with one stone," he said.

So he began raising money for O.U.R. and hit his first goal before he even left.

"A lot of people have been responding, so it's been really good," he said.

He's been on the road, traveling on a route called the Southern Tier, since the beginning of November.

"It's just me. I'm just going solo," he said.

He has been making a few friends along the way, spreading the message of O.U.R.

All of the money he raises goes to the organization, and any expenses of the tour is paid with his own money.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to give him some "pedal power."

If you want to follow Buttars' journey, he posts updates on this Facebook page. He hopes to finish by mid-December.

To contribute to his fundraiser, visit this website.