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Human trafficking survivor tells story at kick off event

Published: Mar. 31, 2016 at 4:37 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 28, 2016 at 5:03 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A survivor of human trafficking took the stage Thursday at Redstone Arsenal.

She told her story of physical and mental abuse and how she was able to overcome it with the help of her social worker and The Lord.

The reason she told her story is to bring awareness to sexual assault. April kicks off the awareness and prevention month.

This inspiring woman explained, the Tennessee Valley is a major hub for human trafficking.

"Because we're between Atlanta and Nashville and all the way around, it's like in a circuit. That's what human traffickers do is they work a circuit. By them working the circuit, they stop and we end up becoming the hub. I tell my story as a survivor, it's painful, but if I don't be a voice for the voiceless, our kids will still be out there and still be trafficked," said Lynn Caffery, Executive Director of Tennessee Valley Family Services.

Caffery said the only way to stop the abuse is to bring awareness to what is going on in our neighborhoods and in our nation.

Program directors with the Sexual Harassment Response and Prevention program said they are planning more events to bring residents information on the problem and help victims.

Caffery said if anyone wants to contact her, call or send an email: 256-426-0770 or lcaffery@comcast.net.

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