It’s a problem that the United Nations says affects about two and a half million victims worldwide. And experts say the numbers of human trafficking cases are on the rise here in Kentucky. In her school research, Asbury student Taylor Bobb learned just how close to home human trafficking can hit. “When I think of human trafficking my mind automatically goes to Thailand or Cambodia or somewhere overseas. I forget that it’s right here in Lexington obviously and right here in the United States,” says Bobb. Bobb’s helped organize a group on campus, called Threedom, fighting to make people aware of human trafficking, and connecting them to organizations that try to combat it. “Human trafficking to us is a buzz word. I feel like we’re throwing the word around all the time, but we’re unaware about how to do things to stop it ultimately,” says student Cameron Haffler. Catholic Charities Human Trafficking Program Manager Marissa Castellanos works directly with victims in the Bluegrass, the same people Threedom works to help. “Sex trafficking and labor trafficking are both demand driven. This is a supply and demand issue. If there were not men willing to purchase women’s bodies for sex, there wouldn’t be a supply,” says Castellanos. For information on Kentucky’s fight against human trafficking, visit rescueandrestoreky.org. The number for the National Human Trafficking Hotline and Resource Center is
(888) 373.7888 .