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Survivors of Human Trafficking share their stories to raise awareness

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The Sisters of Saint Francis hosted a Human Trafficking Awareness Event this morning shinning a light on how community can help.

In a packed room Saturday morning, two trafficking survivors shared their stories of perseverance through a difficult time in their lives.

One of those speakers, Bukola Oriola came to the United States in 2005 and quickly found herself in a terrible situation. She was limited on where she could go, how she could use her money, and nearly died in the situation.

Years later, she is now an advocate and runs an organization that helps victims of labor trafficking.

Labor Trafficking Survivor & Advocate Bukola Oriola.

"If someone is a victim out there right now they should reach out for help. If they are here in the Twin Cities or in the United States there is help there is service providers available and they will get help," Oriola stated.

Oriola said through her difficult journey it took one public health nurse to help her out. She now encourages everyone that help can lead to a long, but hopeful journey.

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