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Human trafficking survivor shares story to spread hope

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Published: Apr. 12, 2017 at 10:12 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)-- A campus wide awareness campaign at UW-Madison brought a human trafficking survivor to share her story, on Wednesday.

Emmy Myers spoke to a group of students as part of UW Freedom Week. She said human trafficking can happen anywhere.

"This is not just big city problems, these are suburban problems," she said. "These are everywhere problems."

Myers founded Lacey's Hope Project, but not long ago, she found herself in the exact situation she's hoping to help others avoid.

"He promised me the basic necessities, food, shelter, clothing, a better life," she said. "I didn't know that it meant, selling myself and once I was in, it was too late."

The organization seeks to advocate and mentor survivors of human trafficking.

"This is my hope project, I want to give hope to others, hope to parents, hope to girls that are still in the life." Myers said.

The event was organized by student run organization Force for Freedom, as part of a week-long series of events focusing on spreading awareness about human trafficking.

As part of an ongoing summer campaign with 'Exploit No More' to spread awareness about human trafficking, the two organizations are collaborating on a billboard project in Wisconsin. For more information about Lacey's Hope Project click

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