Human trafficking survivor speaks at ECU - WNCT

Human trafficking survivor speaks at ECU

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Local organization ‘Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now' is building awareness about Human Trafficking Wednesday at ECU.

On Wednesday they organized the ‘ECU Walk to Stop Human Trafficking'. Students started at the top of college hill and walked down to the Mendenhall Student Center.

Afterwards human trafficking survivor Carissa Phelps shared her powerful story. At just 12 years old she was living on the streets and found herself in a world most of us can't even imagine. She was exploited and used for sex.

But she says while in juvenile hall she was given a second chance. She says there were people in her life that told her she had potential and invested in her life. 

With time, she made her escape. She went on to law school and is now using her experiences to help local organizations help fight human trafficking. Click the video above for more on her story.

Her organization Runaway Girl FPC helps support various outreach programs.

North Carolina is ranked as one of the top 10 states for human trafficking. Some local organizations fighting against human trafficking include : Eastern North Carolina - Stop Human Trafficking Now and Restore One.

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