Bluffton University students hear about human trafficking

A light gets shined on the rarely talked about practice of human trafficking at Bluffton University. Doctor Jacquelyn Meshelemiah (me-sha-my-a) an associate professor for social work from the Ohio State University, talked to the Bluffton University students about how human trafficking is a form modern day slavery in the United States and abroad.

Meshelemiah says trafficking goes on in Ohio, specifically around the hub of Toledo and is mostly teenage girls between the ages of 13 to 17 years old and come from lower to middle class families who are forced in to the sex trade. But trafficking goes beyond the sex trade as people are forced to do labor for little or no money, or talked in to giving up and even killed for human organs, to sell on the black market.

Meshelemiah says common people don't know about all that goes on with human trafficking and she believes there are reason why the topic is not discussed more in the media and the public. She says because the media shys away from the topic of sex slavery. Meshelemiah says raising awareness is the only way to stop human trafficking and one person, state, country can't do it alone. It's going to take a group effort from people around the world to get it done.