Church hosts event to build awareness about human trafficking

FLINT (WJRT) - (03/30/19) - Organization "Of Impact" and the Genesee County Human Trafficking Task Force spoke to dozens of Flint residents hoping to raise awareness on a growing problem across the nation and right here in our community.

One of the speakers, Joyce Haskett, experienced human trafficking first hand.

Haskett was trafficked, which led to traumatic, near-death experiences. To save her own life, she shot and killed her trafficker. She was sentenced to a natural life in prison, where she became the first woman to graduate from the University of Michigan while behind bars.

After over 17 years in prison, she was finally released, and inspired to help others escape the threats of human trafficking. Now, she's spreading her story, including what signs to look out for.

"If you see younger girls with older men, and things just don't seem right, they probably aren't. If you make the call and nothing happens, so be it. Somebody else did their job, but if you make the call and you save someone's life, that's what this thing is all about," Haskett said.

If something looks suspicious of human trafficking, you're encouraged to call 911 or the national human trafficking hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888.

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