Posted by Linda Trexler on Sep 13, 2018
Today's guest speaker was Karen Schultz, City Director, Refuge for Women Chicago. While their name implies Chicago, their organization works nationally and locally to assist adult women escape the cycle of sexual exploitation and trafficking. A Safe House Refuge for Women was established in McHenry County in 2006.
 
Karen explained how easily a young girl can be manipulated into doing things they wouldn't ordinarily do. Once begun, the trafficker's hold over them is too overwhelming for them to break away on their own, and their situation only gets worse.
 
Established in 2009 in Lexington, KY, Refuge for Women is a "non-profit, faith based organization providing specialized long-term care for women who have escaped human trafficking or sexual exploitation." Their goal is to help victims overcome addictions and reclaim their identities and build a brighter future.
 
More information can be found on these projects by visiting www.RefugeForWomen.org.