Rotary News by Fred Hilsenrath

RotaryThis week we listened to Kathy Bryan’s heart-breaking story of her early life. Kathy shared her story and some education about human trafficking at our Rotary meeting. She is an Advocate, Abolitionist and Child Sex Trafficking Survivor. Now Kathy is the executive director of Margie’s Haven House in Heber Springs and a Realtor for Crye-Leike Brock Real Estate. She and her husband, Keith, live, work and play in that beautiful community. They have three children and eight grandchildren. Kathy Bryan was once a victim of child sex trafficking. Today, thanks to God’s amazing mercy and grace, she has overcome that evil. An active speaker, advocate and modern day abolitionist, she is passionate about ending slavery and bringing the truth that God and the church play a mighty, mighty role in that goal. It is her fervent belief that slavery can be abolished in our lifetime, but only if we come together to fight it. Kathy has testified before the Arkansas House and Senate in support of Human Trafficking Legislation, which was subsequently passed and became law, thanks to the hard work of many dedicated legislators and advocates. She has been invited to speak at churches and organizations to enlighten, educate and encourage others with her inspiring, personal story. At Rotary we were spellbound by her tale. Kathy is to be admired for the courage she displayed to reconstruct her life, to come out of that ordeal with a positive attitude; with understanding of the cruelties of life and a kind attitude to the world around her. All too many such victims are emotionally destroyed, fall into the trap of drugs or do not survive at all.

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