A little awareness goes a long way

Monday, September 21, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

police lights flashingSome Ohio churchgoers have demonstrated an answer to the problem of human trafficking.

Dr. Bruce Philippi, pastor of Journey Life Center in Mansfield, believes a major step toward eliminating the problem of human trafficking is for people to simply get involved in the fight against it. And some of his church members have done just that.

"Two of our members, a couple of ladies, were at Cedar Point, and they noticed this young teenage girl who apparently had some bruising around the eyes," Dr. Philippi accounts. "She was just looking down and just kind of disconnected from three guys that she was traveling with."

The way the men were ordering the girl around stirred the women's suspicions, so they continued to observe the group before taking action.

Philippi

"They came to the conclusion that this girl was being trafficked," the pastor reports. "Then they noticed that [the men] were hitting on other girls, so I think that they were trying to get a few more and probably brutalizing them, kind of beating this girl into … 'you be quiet or else or things will go bad for you.'"

When the two church members contacted police, officers responded in force. They took all four of the individuals into custody, and as it turns out, the two women were responsible for breaking up a human trafficking ring; citizen involvement resulted in success.

Pastor Philippi says there is not much discussion about this growing problem, so he urges people, especially fellow pastors, to at least bring awareness to what is taking place.

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