Human trafficking survivor Summer Dickerson is sharing her story on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., at the GRADD office in Owensboro.
While the first weekend of May draws attention from around the world for the time-honored ‘Run for the Roses,’ for many women and girls, the Kentucky Derby is yet another part of the living nightmare known by human trafficking victims.
According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Kentucky ranks 25th for reported cases of human trafficking.
Human trafficking is the fastest-growing organized crime activity in the United States, making $32 billion annually for traffickers, with over eight in ten human trafficking incidents involving sex trafficking.
Statistics report that more than half of sex-trafficking victims are minors.
Ms. Dickerson has transformed her years of bondage into a passionate ministry called ‘Women of the Well,’ which helps other women who find themselves in similar circumstances.
She also educates communities on the prevalence of human trafficking, the signs that someone is a victim, and resources available to report suspected trafficking activity, as well as how to provide support to the victims and survivors.
The GRADD office is located at 300 GRADD Way.
(This story was originally published on May 8, 2018)