SULLIVAN, MISSOURI, UNITED STATES, December 5, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Since 2007, more than 1,500 calls have been made from Missouri to the National Human Trafficking hotline. St. Louis and Kansas City are hotspots for human trafficking. According to the FBI, St. Louis is a preferred route for trafficking because of its highway system: Highway 44 and Highway 70 are two of the main corridors used by sex traffickers in the United States.
Diana Ijames is a community advocate and philanthropist dedicated to confronting the issues of human trafficking and domestic violence in Missouri, though she says her goal is to help as many women and children as she can.
“I saw there were needs in our community that were not being met,” says Ijames. “A lot of people don't want to step up and help people. I've been blessed enough that I can help so I will.”
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center defines human trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against their will.
People don’t want to talk about this anymore because the crime is so heinous and unimaginable. It’s going on every day right outside our doors,” says Ijames. “We're got to save these girls now while we can. I want to stop it. And I want others to help me stop it.
“This could be your daughter. Open your eyes a little bit more and you might see something.”
Ijames began her philanthropic efforts donating to local hospitals through she and her husband’s manufacturing company. Ijames is deeply invested in a number of charities, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving and ALIVE (Alternatives to Living In Violent Environments), but it’s been her work in sex trafficking and domestic violence where she has truly made a difference.
“I see a lot of hurt people and I just see a lot of people not helping them. I just want to see people happy. I want to give back to make other people smile too. And if I can, I will do it. Anybody that needs me I just jump and say, ‘I'll help. I'll do that for you.’”
“I just want to fix things as much as I possibly can in my lifetime. And with what I have and my energy, I'll do what I can. I'm 47 and I've still got some time left. I'm just going to keep on working.”
CUTV News Radio will feature Diana Ijames in an interview with Doug Llewelyn on December 7h at 3pm EST and with Jim Masters on December 14th at 3pm EST.
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