Supplies drive for human trafficking victims

Emily Hammer

Despite being a newer club, Iowa State University’s Student Network Against Human Trafficking is already doing big things.

Although human trafficking is widely thought of as sex trafficking, it also includes forced labor and other forms of enslavement, according to Iowa Code.

Recently, the club has supported Iowa Legislation against human trafficking and pushed for an office in the Department of Public Safety for anti-human-trafficking. It also worked toward getting the office funding.

The club also focuses on outreach, volunteering and education, including hosting a self-defense class once a semester.

Now, the club is hosting a supplies drive for victims of human trafficking who receive rehabilitation services at Dorothy’s House in Des Moines and Wings of Refuge in Iowa Falls. 

Until Friday, it will accept women’s hygiene products, craft and art supplies, games and puzzles, scrapbooking supplies and grocery store gift cards.

Dorothy’s House and Wings of Refuge are looking for these items because they help victims to feel more comfortable during their recovery.

Donation boxes are located in the main lounge of the Memorial Union, 1210 LeBaron Hall, the Horticulture Hall atrium and the Sloss House.