Film, meeting shine light on human trafficking

More than 150 people filled the hall at Zion Lutheran Church to see a screening of “Gridshock”, a documentary about human trafficking in Iowa created by Vanessa McNeal on Saturday, Jan. 20. A discussion about the issue followed the screening. Humboldt Independent photo by April Kelley.

Development Coordinator, Kelly Bucher with Wings of Refuge in Ames told the group assembled about the services offered at the non-profit residential facility for victims of Human sex trafficking. Humboldt Independent photo by April Kelley.

Human trafficking, whether labor or sexual, lives in the darkness because the people being trafficked are either ashamed or afraid to be discovered.
A presentation offered by Koinonia Bible Study Group which included a special showing of “Gridshock”, a sex trafficking documentary and information presented by several community members was offered at Zion Lutheran Church on Saturday, Jan. 20.
Human trafficking is defined as the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery or commercial sexual exploitation.
In 2021, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received 10,360 reports of suspected human trafficking cases involving 16,710 victims.
People may think they only happen in big cities, but they happen here in rural Iowa. Read about it in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

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