Human Trafficking Up Close and Personal


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Katie Rhoades, human trafficking survivor and advocate, speaks to the Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

On November 15, Katie Rhoades, a survivor of human trafficking, spoke at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis to an entranced audience of sisters, students from local colleges and St. Joseph's Academy, as well as community visitors. 

Rhoades is ready to graduate next month from Washington University with her masters in social work. She spoke on her experiences amd how she got into the sex industry, her addictions and the road back out to serenity and sanity. 

She first spoke to the Sisters of St. Joseph at a meeting of the Sisters of St. Joseph Federation in July. Part of the event's focus was to raise awareness of and take action against human trafficking, which resulted in the meeting facility, The Millennium Hotel, signing on to the ECPAT Code of Conduct to set a standard of responsible business practices that effectively crack down on child sex exploitation. Read more.

Rhoades is involved in two projects to assist victims of trafficking take the steps they need to become survivors: 

  • First is Katie's own Healing Action Network to empower individuals and communities through awareness, advocacy and action to abolish human trafficking. 
  • Katie is also involved in The Covering House, which will house girls under the age of 18 who are rescued from trafficking situations. 

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