HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY (FOX19) - The Northern Kentucky University student group Fight Against Sex Trafficking or FAST hosted a small fair trade market on Tuesday.
The goal of the group is to raise awareness about trafficking around the world and to raise money to for nonprofit organizations that help rescue victims.
Group member Karen Otter said the purpose of a market is to allow the public to purchase items made by former slaves and people who live in poverty to they will be less vulnerable to becoming slaves. Local vendors sold slave-free items such as accessories and clothing.
"Ohio is in the top ten states with the highest sex trafficking numbers in the United States," said FAST member Rebecca Potzner. "With NKU being so close, I think it is very important to inform people that slavery does still exist and that it is happening very close to us."