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There’s a growing effort across Metro Detroit to help women caught up in the sex trafficking industry.
Members of the community and the Junior League of Birmingham are fanning out to area hotels, delivering bars of soap to local hotels imprinted with what could be a lifeline.
WWJ’s Kathryn Larson talked with Kristie Henderson of Birmingham, who has been delivering the soap to local hotels imprinted with a human trafficking help hotline. Because traffic grows on sex sites like backpage.com during the big Auto Show in Detroit, activists believe human trafficking — which involves kidnapping young girls into the sex trade — also grows.
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The Murray Hill Hotel on 8 Mile refused the donation of soap, while the Holiday Inn Express accepted and were willing to pass them out.
“It was interesting to me that they wouldn’t want to,” said Henderson.
“It happens here every single day and that was hard for me to hear. Awareness is really important and that’s why we’re doing it,” Henderson continued.
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Visit traffickfree.com for more information and to learn how to donate or volunteer. The next event they plan to focus around is the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.