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is well-known in the U.S. for being a human trafficking hotspot, but the
capital of the illegal activity may be Moldova – located between Romania and
pastors from Cedar Creek Church were there last week to learn more as they
begin efforts to fight trafficking locally. They say the opportunity to go to
Moldova fell into their lap after they were introduced to the leader of a
transitional home for victims in Moldova.
hearing stories and visiting the country where children and young adults are
sold and traded on a daily basis, the pastors said enough is enough.
they admit human trafficking in Moldova differs from here in Ohio, they say the
victims are the same.
would say, as a church, we're in the learning stages right now. We're aware of
the situation," said Executive Pastor Steve Hutmacher. "This particular
weekend, we want to draw awareness to what's going on, not only across the
world, but also right here in northwest Ohio. Hopefully…we can do something
of the services at each Cedar Creek location will focus on the matter this
Saturday and Sunday. Two groups from Moldova will be on hand, along with young
girls who will share their firsthand experiences.