RICHMOND, Ky. (FOX 56) — Kentucky ranks number nine in the nation for human trafficking. There have been hundreds of cases reported in the state. A recently formed organization, Redeeming Hope in Richmond hopes to tackle the problem.
Lisa Foster is turning her grief into a purpose.
“In my prayer closet, I told God, if he was going to make me live, he was going to have to give me something to do. So, it was just shortly after that that I got a text from somebody asking me if I would do this,“ Foster said.
A year ago, Foster’s daughter, Jordan Morgan, was killed in a home invasion. Morgan had a passion for fighting against trafficking.
“She was an attorney at one time in northern Kentucky, a prosecuting attorney. So, I remember she was on the human trafficking task force in northern Kentucky. So, it was like came full circle. And that was the right thing for me to do,” Foster said.
Redeeming Hope plans to help girls as young as 14 who have been trafficked and sexually abused in Kentucky by building a group home.
“We’re going to have a memorial called the Jordan Morgan, where these girls can go out and reflect in the garden. It backs up to a creek that we’re calling it the Jordan River. So we’re just hoping these girls can get in there and get away from the lifestyle, you know, and the problems that they’ve had with life,” Foster said.
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The mayor, Madison County attorney, and chief of police came together with the community for human trafficking awareness training.
“In 2020, there were 413 reports that were called in for Kentucky, specifically to the National Human Trafficking Hotline,” representative from the Office of the Kentucky General,” Serah Wiedenhoefer said.
The organization said it will restore relationships with survivors, by offering therapy from social workers and most of all, love to the young women who have lived through terrible experiences.
“Well, it’s one of those things that you really don’t notice until people provide you with statistics,” Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley said.