There’s more than football and fun this weekend. There’s human trafficking. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) says Super Bowl Sunday is the top day for human trafficking worldwide. He says he’ll never forget Aubrey Lloyd, a survivor who spoke at a town meeting Davis held in Champaign in 2013.
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“She has numbers branded behind her ear,” Davis says. “I’ll never again … see numbers behind someone’s ear and not ask them if they need help. Aubrey could be my daughter; any daughter here in Central Illinois.”
Lloyd, after an argument with her mother, left for her friend’s house, and it turned out the friend’s parents were human traffickers, and it was years before Lloyd escaped, Davis says.
Davis says the House this week passed a number of bills which, among other things, would give the authorities more tools to help. He’s also co-sponsoring a bill, yet to come to a vote, giving victims more of a voice in the process.