By Elise Eaker/Clarion News staff
JEFFERSON CITY- Members of Missouri C.A.P.T.I.V.E held a rally against human trafficking and pedophilia Friday at the state Capitol. C.A.P.T.I.V.E stands for Citizens Against Pedophilia, Trafficking, and Inhumane Violence Everywhere. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that in 2020 about 181 incidents of human trafficking have been reported – 29 people have been identified and rescued.
On Friday, a group of about 30 protestors stood along the sidewalk at the north end of the Capitol, holding signs and shouting “Rise up. Stand up. Save our children.” Around 2 p.m. human trafficking and childhood molestation survivors began telling their stories. One survivor shared her story about being trafficked on the streets of Kansas City for 17 years.
April Ogden-DeTienne made it a point to stress that human trafficking does not always occur the way it is portrayed in movies. “Most of the time you are conditioned and groomed by someone that is supposed to be protecting you, or someone that loves you, or someone that says they love you,” said Ogden-DeTienne. “That’s usually the people you have to be most cautious about.”
Friday’s rally was the first event organized by Missouri C.A.P.T.I.V.E. The nonprofit currently has one other event planned, a Halloween fundraiser for Nicole Mallat. Mallat is a missing mother of four who was last seen in Butler, Mo. in November of 2019. Proceeds from the Halloween fundraiser will be used in efforts to obtain information about Mallat’s whereabouts.
Missouri C.A.P.T.I.V.E is a nonprofit organization with a public Facebook page found here. At least 23 other states are taking steps to form C.A.P.T.I.V.E pages.