Renee Jones Empowerment Center and Notre Dame College hold annual symposium.
“My trafficker was in northeastern Ohio. The people who I was trafficked to were in northeastern Ohio,” said China Darrington. She’s one of thousands in our area who have been enslaved. But Darrington is one of only a few that will talk about it. “It’s a lot easier to heal from something like this if you know that other people have been through it and they are walking through their story with you,” she said.
Rachel Kaisk was 16 when she was sold for sex; now she advocates to other parents: give love and lots of attention. “If I would have got the attention I wouldn’t have been so eager to go off with the guy that I thought was my boyfriend that was my pimp,” she said.
“The whole issue of trafficking, there’s many components we need to deal with,” said Jones. “We have to help the victims and survivors but we also need to deal with the demand side.” Jones says holding johns accountable is key to seeing this devastating issue go away. “It would not be an issue if there was not a demand,” she said.
To keep fighting on that end, RJEC is planning a fall workshop called Men of Purpose. They are alsoworking with state legislators to pass stricter rules for traffickers. “When you come to conferences like this that speaks about human trafficking, you start realizing: it could happen to you. It could happen to your children,” said Darrington.
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