Aimee Copeland returns to Augusta to help others

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

EVANS, Ga (WRDW) -- "There's a million different outlets to help fight human trafficking," said Aimee Copeland.

18 months ago she was battling a flesh-eating bacteria from a zip lining accident. Much of her recovery was here in Augusta, but now she's back for a different reason.

"Human trafficking is happening here in Georgia and not only in Atlanta or around the airport, but also here in Augusta," she told News12.

Copeland came from Atlanta to support the iCare 5k race. The group is a local non profit raising funds to build a home for women and children affected by prostitution in our area.

"Minus the $11,000 today then we've got $69,000 to go," said Lisa Hall.

Hall is a member of iCare, she says the project will cost 100,000 dollars and the investment will help everyone, because sex for money isn't just an issue in Richmond County.

"Cleaning up crime in our area--the Augusta area and it's not just Richmond County, it's in Columbia County too," she said.

The group says children are the biggest targets for pimps. They say at least 100,000 children are exploited for sex every year in America.

"It's not like they wake up one day and think I want to sell my body. This is something they've grown up with," Hall told News12.

Copeland says she's only doing what people have done for her which is help and now she wants to give you a chance to do the same.

"It's not something we can just turn our heads from. Once you know about it, you've got to do something about it," said Copeland.

The i-Care group is also taking 15 members to DC next month to learn more ways on how to help sex trafficking victims.

If you want to be a part of it or want to learn more about them visit their website at:

www.i-care4.org

Or you can call them at:

706 414 6482


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