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      Speaker raises awareness on human trafficking

      Although slavery was legally abolished more than 100 years ago, it still exists today in the form of trafficking. The Kirksville community had the opportunity to learn why it is so important to put a stop to this practice.

      Human Trafficking Awareness Week at Truman State University concluded this evening with guest speaker, Jenny Williamson Williamson is a founder of a safe house, Courage Worldwide, for trafficked girls in California. Williamson is also the adoptive mother of a former trafficking victim, and that's why putting a stop and raising awareness on this issue is close to her heart. Those who attended also learned ways to put a stop to trafficking. Some of those ways include volunteering with a local advocacy group, talking to legislators and law makers to raise awareness on the issue, and hosting an awareness event such as a documentary showing.

      "This issue is one that is done in secret. And so, if we don't know it's happening, then we don't know that there's victims out there that need service," said Williamson.

      Williamson travels around the United States visiting communities to help raise awareness on human trafficking.