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Nuns Look To Stop Human Trafficking Through Stickers

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Nuns in Clinton, Iowa are on a mission to save lives from human trafficking, and they're focusing on the town they call home. Their effort started a few months back when the Sisters of St. Francis put their heads together in search of a way stop human trafficking.  It's one of the top five most profitable crimes in the world and that's a number these women say is too high.

"When I was in high school, I was trafficked," said Sister Rosalie Noder with the Sisters of St. Francis.   

Noder remembers how easy it was to almost become a victim of sex trafficking.

"I was vocal enough.  I think that they didn't want to deal with me. At any rate, they let me go," said Noder.

That's not a story many are fortunate enough to tell, with millions trafficked across the country every year,  and so few making it out safely.

"It can happen any place. It happens in little places like Clinton. It's not just Chicago. Iowa is one of the state's where a lot of trafficking goes on," said Noder. "This is certainly one of the most violent things happening right here in our own backyard."

She and others are hoping to change that by offering a glimpse of hope to victims through a small sticker.

"If a woman is being trafficked and she travels across the United States, hopefully she'll see this easily memorized number time and time again," said Lori Freudenberg with the Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking.  "So they can get into a safe spot, call this number and hopefully be rescued."

These stickers will be posted in bathrooms across Clinton, from convenience stores to gas stations and even some restaurants. This sticker could be a victim's ticket to freedom.

"We may never know. We just have to work on faith that we're actually saving someone's live," said Freudenberg.

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