COLUMBUS (WCMH)– The Arnold Classic is just one of many events held in Columbus that brings thousands of people to the city.
However, with any big event, there is a quiet, illegal part many people don’t know about: human trafficking.
Advocates here in Columbus are working to stop it while providing education and hope to victims.
As the athletes show what they can do, and thousands walk through the gates of the convention center, advocates, those that are trying to save some of the hundreds of prostitutes brought into cities, are trying to make sure they get to where this is happening –hotel rooms.
The soap program has been around for a while now, but the power and reach of it is growing.
In many hotels this weekend, guests will see bars of soap with the National Human Trafficking hotline number on it, and the message “Are you being forced to do something you don’t want to do, not being allowed to leave, have you seen young girls being prostituted?”
“Behind that zombie look is a little girl, who was 7-years-old and wanted to draw pictures, and go to school, play with friends. They are there, we just have to go and find them again.”