Mother and daughter pass through R.I. on 500-mile march to fight human trafficking

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Step by step, mile by mile, person by person, Robin Currie and her daughter Maria Snell are trying to help people who have been forced into prostitution.

Currie, a 51-year-old mother of four, and her daughter, 18, are walking more than 500 miles through parts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut and New Hampshire to raise awareness about human trafficking.

"I'm known as the 'human trafficking lady' around the city" of Worcester, said Currie, who leads the Central Massachusetts Coalition to End Human Trafficking. "We just can't stop. We know a lot of people who've been affected."

Currie and Snell say a lot of people are surprised when they talk to them about human trafficking. Many are unaware of the depth of the problem, they say. Some don't want to know. Snell says, "It's a denial issue, too."

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