Realities of human trafficking highlighted at Guest Day

“One is one too many.”

Those were the words at the core of the United Methodist Women’s guest day last Wednesday as Risa Rehmert, director of program development for the Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking, spoke about the reality of human trafficking in Kansas.

“Our mission is to build and power the nation’s capacity to get better at this work,” Rehmert said. “Nothing would make us happier than for us to not have a job; that would make us really happy, if we weren’t needed.”

Rehmert said the Center for Combating Human Trafficking’s mission is uplifting the victims of human trafficking through a plan Rehmert called the “Lotus Prevention for Prosperity” model.

“If you look at the lotus flower, it comes out of the mud and through murky water and becomes this incredibly clean beautiful flower on top of the water,” she said. “That’s really the spirit of the lotus model — knowing that victims can come out of whatever muck and mud and horrible situations they’ve been in and be as a beautiful flower.”

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