Human Trafficking Survivors Have Hope in Grand Rapids
Human Trafficking is a bigger problem than anyone realizes, or wants to think about. It is a growing crime that has been called modern-day slavery. That's where Women At Risk, International's (WAR, Int'l) comes in. They're is there to help. It's not surprising eighty percent of those who are trafficked are women, and half are children. Girls make up two out of every three child victims. Startling, isn't it. And, yes, it happens right here in River City.
So you're wondering, 'what can I do about it?' You can come out to Women At Risk, International’s (WAR, Int’l) new café to support both local musicians, and those at risk of exploitation around the world.
Every Thursday beginning June 8 through August 24, the Tea Trade Café, 2790 44th Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49519, will be hosting local musical artists from the Grand Rapids area, called Acoustic Mic Nights. The cafe will have specials on fair trade coffee and teas, as well as their Paninis, salads and soups, and will be open for extended hours during these events.
This café opened in September and was created as a training ground for rescued women from the West Michigan area who have experienced some form of violence or exploitation. Profits from the Tea Trade Café support women working in safehouses and vocational training centers both domestically and abroad.
Through culturally sensitive, Women At Risk, International (WAR, Int’l) seeks to empower survivors of abuse and exploitation to live and work with dignity and hope through vocational training programs, microenterprise projects, safehouse placement, outreach, medical care, and more.