GLOBAL MISSION: Stopping Human Trafficking

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A central Iowan is taking on the global problem of human trafficking.

Eighteen-year-old Brooke Charleston of Runnells just returned from a six week mission in Calcutta India’s red light district. It’s estimated 20,000 to 60,000 girls and young women work as prostitutes there.

Charleston’s group worked with girls who have been rescued from prostitution, teaching them skills like jewelry making.

She says extreme poverty forces the girls into prostitution but shame, abuse and helplessness keep them there.

Charleston says she would eventually like to return to Calcutta to open a safe house for women who are trying to get out of prostitution.