Reports of human trafficking are going up in Florida. A rescue group said it’s a real problem here in the panhandle.
“Refuge for Women Emerald Coast” painted the Graffiti Bridge Tuesday to raise awareness.
Freedom can be a distant dream for victims of human trafficking. The Refuge for Women wants to help them break the shackles of the sex trade.
Volunteers painting the bridge said trafficking victims get trapped into a lifestyle nobody would choose.
Leslie Leatherwood said, “They don’t know how to get out because they don’t feel they have the self-worth they need to move on with their lives, and they do, they do, they just need to be told that.”
They want their artwork to remind people there’s a problem; and that there is hope. They’re working to open a home for trafficking victims where they can begin the transition back to normal lives.
The group is trying to raise funds and awareness with a motorcycle event called the “Freedom Run”. It’s September 16 at Harley Davidson of Pensacola.
You can find more information on their Facebook page.