NJ organization uses soap to stop human trafficking

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A New Jersey organization is targeting the reported most common venues for sex trafficking with an everyday item most people have in their bathroom.

Mandy Bristol-Leverett is on a mission to rescue victims of human trafficking in New Jersey through her home church in Wayne. Her organization, Church and Community Abolition Network Freedom (CAN Freedom), is embarking on something new.

Volunteers will spend next Saturday learning about human trafficking, and then going out into their community hotels with posters of missing children.

"Every time we do this outreach, even for a general regional, outreach that we might reach 100 or 200 hotels, at least one of the children on the missing children's posters that we give to staff is identified by staff, while our volunteers are simply giving them the materials," says Bristol-Leverett.

But alongside the posters will be a small item -- soap. More than 100,000 bars of soap will be distributed with a phone number for those forced into trafficking or those who witness it to call. Bristol-Leverett says a sticker with the national hotline is an easy way for someone to take the number and keep it until they're safe to call or text.

Next Saturday's outreach will take place at five locations in New Jersey including Hackettstown, Wayne, Bridgewater, Little Egg Harbor and Blackwood. You can find more information at CanFreedom.org

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