Gannon Campus Ministries is teaming up with S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution), as well as members of the community.
Their goal is to get truck stops, hotels and rest stops among other public places, to carry travel-sized bars of soap with potentially life-saving information on the wrapper. Many times, a bathroom is the only place a trafficked child or person will be left alone. And the soap is small enough to stash in your sock or elsewhere on you. It also raises awareness to the issue of human trafficking.
Many people may not realize that Erie is considered a “pass-through” town. Those participating in this project say that I-90 is one of the most popular highways for traffickers to travel across country. “It’s a huge issue here in Erie,” says Emily Muntean, Gannon Campus Minister.
The group also hopes to get signage at rest stops changed to include the hotline number. They say any and all tactics should be used to help save children and adults who may be being trafficked.