Duluthians Bring Awareness to "Shocking" Reality of Sex Crimes

By KBJR News 1

December 2, 2011 Updated Dec 2, 2011 at 10:43 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Human trafficking is a dire reality that can destroy the lives of women and girls in the Twin Ports.
Now, a new organization has joined the ranks to work with the victims of this horrific crime.

"Standing Together against Human Trafficking", an event with all proceeds going to help victims of human trafficking was held Friday night

The goal is to help those affected but also to work towards eradicating human trafficking.

Friday's event at the Zeitgeist included music, art displays and a silent auction and when all is said and done, organizers hoped to raise at least $5,000 for victims of human trafficking.

One of the organizations behind the event, Hillside Church, is using "A Beautiful Rescue", as a ministry.

A Beautiful Rescue, a new organization, is working to provide aftercare for victims and connect them with local services for basic living items, housing, and counseling.

A Beautiful Rescue is one the first organizations of its kind in Duluth.

"Most people don't realize that this is happening right in our back yard. I know as a lifelong Duluth resident, I didn't know it was going on. There's estimated between 500 and a thousand women and girls trafficked in the Duluth in the Twin Ports area at any given time," said Ryan Bauers, lead pastor at Hillside Church.

A Beautiful Rescue is connected with several organizations including the women's shelter and PAVSA.

This is far from the only awareness event on human trafficking.
Most recently, a professional training seminar was held in September.

What did the name "A Beautiful Rescue" come from?

The founder, Erin Aili says she was inspired that creation is beautiful, and people are a part of creation. Therefore the name "A Beautiful Rescue" was born.

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