West Chester's Carol Metzker Fights to End Human Trafficking
As the Rotary Club of West Chester Downtown’s charter president, Metzker is fighting a worldwide conflict on all fronts.
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There are 27 million slaves worldwide, according to Bales. UNICEF reports that as many as two million children are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation in the global commercial sex trade. “Sex slavery is quiet. No one tells you that they have six sex slaves,” says Metzker, who lives in West Chester. “It’s all the bad things wrapped into one. It’s dark, slimy stuff, and it’s going to take everybody [to solve].”
Metzker has helped spark a local intervention movement. As the Rotary Club of West Chester Downtown’s charter president, she’s channeled her humanitarian efforts into the Chester County-based anti-trafficking coalition, Circle of Friends. Its remarkable female volunteers hail from a variety of rotary clubs, churches and professions.
And, since 2009, Dawn’s Place has operated as a nonprofit, 10-bed residence for survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. At this former convent in an undisclosed location, female victims stay as long as needed, receive counseling and rebuild strength, dignity and self-reliance. Half the beds are for victims of human trafficking, and the other half for women exiting the Philadelphia prison system. Of the 27 women Dawn’s Place has served, 12 have been international human trafficking victims.