Du Quoin woman, groups calling attention to human trafficking

DU QUOIN — Melissa Jackson doesn't know of anyone in this area who has been or is currently being forced into labor or sexual traffic, but that's not stopping her from trying to raise awareness that it could be happening right under the community's very noses.

Jackson has applied for a permit to host a Walk For Freedom on Oct. 15, calling attention to the issue, which has gained increasing attention in recent years. The Oct. 15 walk is a part of a national movement organized by the A21 Campaign, which will have supporters organizing similar walks across the country.

She is being supported in this effort by members of her church, Vision Church, an almost year-old church in Du Quoin, and by members of the Propel Women of Southern Illinois, a chapter of a national group she recently started in January in Du Quoin.

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