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Bra drive helps world’s sex-trafficking victims

BLOOMINGTON – An unusual donation drive is gaining momentum in Bloomington as part of an effort to help women rescued from sex trafficking reestablish their lives.

The Free The Girls initiative collects gently used bras that are shipped abroad and sold by sex trafficking victims in places including El Salvador, Uganda, Kenya and Mozambique.

The Herald-Times reports collection centers have been set up in churches, yoga studios, coffee shops and other locations in 23 states and Canada.

Bloomington High School North senior Morgan Newman has collected more than 150 bras since July 7 at Bethel AME Church and says she hopes to get more before her drive ends Aug. 18.

She says she was inspired to join the effort after seeing a CNN documentary.

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