Federal officials say more than 100,000 women and children fall victim to human traffickers in the U.S. each year. They’re often forced into prostitution or other sex work, or other jobs, against their will. A Kalamazoo woman hopes to make a dent in that modern form of slavery, at least in southwest Michigan.
Sara Morley LaCroix is a real estate agent by day. But last March she founded theKalamazoo Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition. Morley LaCroix says she started the project after meeting three survivors of human trafficking, including Theresa, who became a victim of traffickers at her high school in Birmingham at the age of 16. Another was Melinda of Muskegon who was exploited by her mother from the age of five until she was in high school.