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Hear a survivor from human trafficking's story

NOW: Hear a survivor from human trafficking’s story

SAINT JOSEPH, Mich.—Michigan has the 6th highest reporting rate of human trafficking in the country. This among other astounding statistics is being voiced as a survivor, and Michigan native, shares her story among Southwest, Michigan Thursday.

A Theresa Flores grew up in Detroit, and starting at the age of 15 was groomed by a member of a large criminal ring, drugged, and raped for two years.

While this was the darkest time of her life, Flores has moved on and chosen to be a light.

Flores is now an activist against human trafficking and is speaking around the country sharing her story and message of hope.

Thursday she traveled to three different locations to speak among the Southwest Michigan community in a Southwest Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force event.

The task force founded by Cathy Knauf is a group concerned with the statistics they are seeing in their home state.

For 2018—Michigan has had 1,038 reported contact cases, relating to phone calls, messages, or any other web form received by the National Human Trafficking Hotline, and 383 reported cases. Compared to here in Indiana, those numbers drastically drop to 357 contacts with 142 cases reported.

What’s also shocking is that these are only statistics for cases reported or received leaving room for on-going or unreported trafficking.

The task force’s goal is to raise awareness and educate the public about human trafficking. You can join in and volunteer at their monthly meetings in St. Joseph at noon on the 3rd Friday.

If interested in hearing Theresa Flores today:

            12:00 pm at Michiana Christian Embassy Church

  • 1922 E. Main Niles, Michigan

2:30 pm at Lyons Theatre Southwestern Michigan College

  • 58900 Cherry Grove Rd. Dowagiac

6:30 pm at First Church of God

  • 2627 Niles Ave, St. Joseph

If you are looking to learn more about the taskforce or other events they will be hosting in October, feel free to reach out to Cathy Knauf.

Otherwise check out their website, email and Facebook page.

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