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Church protests human trafficking

ALPENA, Mich.– The New Life Christian Fellowship of Alpena played host to an anti–human–trafficking demonstration Saturday.

The event was sponsored by the church’s women’s group, “Woven.”

Despite the rain, they stood on the roadside with signs to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking.

The event also featured a pop–up boutique, selling goods made by international survivors of trafficking, with proceeds going towards charity.

Organizer Michelle Smith said that Woven felt a personal connection to the issue.

“When you are aware of other women and children being exploited, you feel like ‘how can we stand back and not do something?’ So our women’s group has been very proactive about making an effort to make a difference in our community, and to educate our community, and to make a difference for those who are at risk.”

The booths also featured informational materials and action items related to human trafficking.