LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)-Fifty people in teams of five people met up at the Lyric Theater following clues through various historic landmarks downtown. It was all to raise money to help women in Fayette County caught up in the human trafficking industry.
Participants raised money to support “Un-Shackled By Love Ministries.” It’s a new safe house and long term transitional program to help provide a refuge for victims of sex trafficking and substance abuse.
The ministry will be opening up its first safe house just outside Nicholasville on the 26th.
There the first group of women to join the program will stay for four months where the will receive counseling. Eventually they will move on to a facility in Lexington the ministry plans to open where they will provide counseling and job support.
The ministry is hoping to gain more sponsors to make this dream a reality.
“Un-schackled By Love Ministries” Founder Jewellan Morrison says, “This is a fundraiser that our community needs to get behind. We need partners to be able to get behind us so that these women can literally find out who they are and their identity. Because no little girl grows up and says that they’re going to be in the sex industry.”
Morrison says in Fayette County about 3,000 women are victims of human trafficking.
If you’re interested in supporting the cause or getting help you can find more information on the ministry’s website.