There were seven reported cases of human trafficking in Huron County over the past year.
Three of these qualified as full-blown trafficking; four as priming. Five of the victims were girls under 17.
Let that sink in: someone from your high school is being victimized as a sex slave. Someone from your high school is a perpetrator in a human-trafficking network.
It starts with finding a victim: anyone who’s vulnerable will do. A freshman who’s out partying for the first time and forgot to guard their drink, or stays later than the crew they arrived with. A girl uncomfortable in her new body, desperate to be told she’s beautiful.
Incriminating images are created; dependencies are formed… these vulnerable people are lured or threatened into exchanging sexual acts for validation, status symbols, drugs or silence. Eventually, they’re entrapped and transported to a locked room where their bodies become the currency for someone else’s gain.
Victim Services of Huron County is the first line of prevention and restoration for local victims of human trafficking. Their educational and crime-related interventions are government-funded; however, they are able to offer much more support to victims and loved ones when we all donate generously.
Which I intend to. Proceeds from “Lotus” and “Sorghum” will benefit Victim Services of Huron County.
Things I never knew: according to Wikipedia, sorghum is "used for food ... amimal fodder, the production of alcoholic beverages and biofuels. Most varieties are drought- and heat-tolerant, and are especially important in arid regions, where the grain is one of the staples for poor and rural people ... in many tropical regions ... Africa, Central America, and South Asia ... the fifth-most important cereal crop grown in the world."
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