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Girls giving up bras for good cause

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It was quite the scene Wednesday on UNI's campus...bras not under clothing, but right out in the open for everyone to see.

"When people see bras around or see the posters they are just like what's going on," said Karla Chestnut, College Ministry Director.

The donated bras are to help girls in Mozambique, Africa who have survived human trafficking.

"Part of the women's rehabilitation is they can then go and sell these bras at a really good price in their community, and it's really cool because they get to interact with women in a safe and really productive and healthy way, and they get to earn a wage for themselves," said Chestnut.

It's all part of the national project 'Free the Girls.' They say bras are a sought after item in many countries around the world.

This project isn't only helping girls, it's also raising awareness of the issue of human trafficking.

"Surprisingly a lot of people are like slavery still exists and we are like yes it does! It's been an opportunity to really explain what that is and engage," said Rachel Danley, Campus Minister.

The issue of human trafficking is not only in Mozambique, Africa but right here in Iowa as well.

"If you pay attention to people and see people and take the time to have a conversation with people you might be able to see people are hurting or struggling," said Chestnut.

The 'Free the Girls' project is part of Freedom Week on UNI's campus. It ends tonight with a modern day abolitionist speaking at Lang Hall. York Moore will be speaking about the current state of human trafficking.

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