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Trafficking survivors will share their stories in art

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Raymon Troncoso
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, right, gets a tour of the Rethreaded facility, which makes and sells boutique style clothes, accessories and home goods.

An art piece to educate the public about human trafficking is coming to Jacksonville this spring. 

The nonprofit Rethreaded, which offers employment and support to trafficking survivors, will ask local artists and survivors to collaborate on the installation at its location in Springfield.

“We have helped over 70 women in the past 10 years. And you're standing on our new Delores Barr Weaver campus of hope," Kristin Keen, founder of Rethreaded, said Thursday. "And in the next 10 years, we hope to employ over 500 women.”

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says it rescued 15 victims of human trafficking last year.

Keen hopes the art will give hope to survivors and act as a resource for the community.

Mayor Lenny Curry on Thursday proclaimed January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Reporter Raymon Troncoso joined WJCT News in June of 2021 after concluding his fellowship with Report For America, where he was embedded with Capitol News Illinois covering Illinois state government with a focus on policy and equity. You can reach him at (904) 358-6319 or and follow him on Twitter @RayTroncoso.