COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Law enforcement in the Chattahoochee Valley sat down with volunteer and nonprofit groups to talk about human trafficking and how to help victims once they're free from the cycle of violence.
The issue of human trafficking has been on the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's radar for years. The bureau report's studies show it takes roughly $90,000 to cover everything a child trafficking victim needs to get back on his or her feet, and agencies added that amount doesn't include their mothers, if they're victims, too.
Part of Monday morning's breakfast reunion between these groups included projects and fundraisers to build a recovery house for women and children who've escaped the cycle of trafficking.
Several volunteer ministries like Micah's Promise and Redeem Ministry, a subgroup of Take the City, have taken the initiative to reach out to women and children in the Fountain City.
"We have around 12 different outreaches happening every single month and something going on every day," said Jonathan Cronin, Ministry Leader for Redeem.
These ministries and other community groups are partnering with law enforcement agencies in the area to let these potential victims know there are resources available they need to live full, happy lives away from the violence.
"This is something that God has called us to," Cronin said, "and we will not stop until every life is transformed."