Human trafficking survivor takes fight for change to Lansing
LANSING, Mich. – A woman who survived human trafficking is sharing her story with lawmakers in Lansing, pushing for laws to be changed to protect others. READ: Metro Detroit human trafficking survivor faced charges and is now exposing major flaw in criminal systemLeigh was 23 years old when she was held in a Metro Detroit motel and trafficked for five days. READ: The Joseph Project works to connect human trafficking survivors with pro bono legal servicesHer case is a common one, according to a recent study by the Polaris Project. Nearly 91 percent of human trafficking survivor respondents reported having been arrested. Besides working to prevent human trafficking victims from being charged with a crime, there is a huge need for housing services for trafficking victims.
Ex-'Survivor' contestant charged with larceny in Virginia
Fairplay, a former Survivor contestant has been charged in Virginia with grand larceny, authorities said. (Danville Police Department via AP)DANVILLE, Va. – A former “Survivor” contestant has been charged in Virginia with grand larceny, authorities said. Also charged was Fairplay's mother, Patsy Terry Hall, 68, the Danville Register & Bee reported Wednesday. The sheriff’s office said Fairplay’s aunt filed the complaint, according to TV station WSET. I welcome the opportunity to vindicate myself (and my mother)," Fairplay wrote in a message to The Associated Press on Wednesday evening.
Metro Detroit human trafficking survivor faced charges and is now exposing major flaw in criminal system
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – A Metro Detroit woman spoke with the Local 4 Defenders to expose a major flaw in the criminal system. The woman is a survivor of human trafficking. Whatever we wanted,” Leigh said. Her captors forgot to move the phone in the room and Leigh was able to call her mother for help. It should have been stated as fact this was human trafficking and not anything else,” Leigh’s father said.
Metro Detroit nonprofit protects trafficking victims amid pandemic
PONTIAC, Mich. – As many businesses struggle to weather the pandemic, nonprofits are also fighting to stay afloat. When a woman is saved from trafficking, they need to find a place to find themselves and be brought back to life. Hope Against Trafficking, a nonprofit based out of Pontiac, is one of those places. RELATED: Hope Against Trafficking creates safe space for victims in Southeast MichiganFighting and saving survivors of human trafficking is difficult work to begin with without a pandemic. Hope Against Trafficking is a nonprofit organization which benefits from tremendous volunteers and community involvement.