#minorsextrafficking | Human trafficking documentary produced by Mary Baldwin senior

STAUNTON —  Kaitlyn Savage wants to bring awareness to what she believes is a major problem in the United States and around the world — human trafficking. 

According to the Organization for World Peace, while statistics vary, by some estimates there are up to 300,000 individuals trafficked each year in the United States. 

The Mary Baldwin University senior and graduate of Staunton High School applied for and won a $1,000 grant to use for a research project of her choice. Savage knew she wanted to do a documentary to help bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking. 

This past summer she worked for a Freedom 4/24, a nonprofit organization based in Lynchburg and focused on that very issue. 

According to the organization’s website, human trafficking is a “form of modern day slavery involving the commercial exploitation of vulnerable women, men and children through force, coercion or deception.” The organization said that while human trafficking includes all forced labor, a vast majority of victims are sold for sex.

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