Ludington’s HumaniTea Combats Human Trafficking With Awareness

A tea shop in Ludington is serving more than just a really good, hot cup of loose-leaf tea.

HumaniTea is also bringing attention to anti-human trafficking efforts here in Michigan.

Friday is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and the shop is shining a light on this disturbing problem with a special event.

From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., a video will tell victims’ stories, and Co-Owner Carmen Biggs says visitors can add their names to “the wall of voices.”

“(It) is as simple as taking post it notes and you put your name on it, put it on our wall and by the end of the day  we’ll have a very powerful visual of people making a declaration, saying I’m going to be a part of this motion,” Biggs says. “We also want you to decide what one way you will use your one voice and we have cards available. They give a number of suggestions.”

When you sit inside, you’ll see HumaniTea carries artisan gifts that are made by survivors of human trafficking or different organizations that are a part of the prevention process.

Biggs says the shop is “all about” is raising funds to fund anti human trafficking programs in Northern Michigan.

“All of our net profits are re-invested into anti human trafficking efforts,” Biggs says. “We have to start somewhere and do something. Ultimately our goal is to open a recovery center for Mason County and build partnerships and build awareness in the community and put those pieces together for the community.”

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