Programs In Cuyahoga County Helping Survivors of Human Trafficking
Women who are coerced into prostitution often may blame themselves - not realizing they are victims of human trafficking.
The trauma they endured from their "pimps" -- from the drug abuse to the criminal convictions they racked up, often makes it hard for them to turn their lives around.
Just this month, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced a grant program that will offer $10,000 grants to local nonprofits that are fighting to end this form of modern-day slavery. It's named after the late Jennifer Kempton, a human trafficking survivor - who later died of suspected drug use.
Ideastream's Darrielle Snipes spent months following law enforcement agencies and the nonprofit organizations that educate the public about human trafficking -- and try to help survivors repair their lives.
In the second part of her series, Darrielle talks to a survivor. She also looks at the recovery process - which can take time; given what these women endured before they were rescued or arrested.