Human trafficking has become an issue that concerns everybody. It was a pleasant evening at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington. It was my first time in this town. I had been corresponding by emails back and forth with Le Lucht, the Coordinator of Multi-Cultural Affairs and Diversity of the college. There had been press interview over the phone and I found that the college received a lot of media press for the event.
It was quite impressive to see the crowd as they began to gather few minutes before the presentation. The staff members were friendly and warm; and when I finally met Le, she was a very pleasant woman. She introduced me to her husband, colleagues and community partners as they arrive the venue. At least, 70 people were in attendance.
As usual, I shared my story, alongside, the meaning of human trafficking, what to watch out for and how to be their neighbor’s keeper by showing love and compassion in their community. I was glad that there were first responders in the audience, especially when domestic abuse is what might be seen first before further investigations reveal human trafficking.
I was even happier that my presentation was further buttress when one of the local organization’s staff explained how they were able to help five women who were victims of human trafficking but showed up at first as victims of domestic abuse. She explained that they found out during intake screening. So, you never know, you might think you are being called or responding to domestic abuse, and it
could be more than that. The victim could be a trafficked victim.
I will like to say a big thank you to Le with this email from her:
Bukola, Good Afternoon!
I trust that you made it home safely and that you made your meeting on time! What a powerful message you shared with us last night through telling your story. I have had a number of individuals who had attended and some who had already heard about your testimonial comment on “how close to home” human trafficking truly is. I have had at least two people contact me about getting a copy of your book… God Bless You for your willingness to be forthright in your life’s story. Thank-You and please keep in touch. Le