The COVID-19 pandemic has forced most people to stay home as much as possible but it’s also created a greater opportunity for human trafficking to go undetected.

That’s where Sanctum House of Metro Detroit steps in. While COVID-19 caused shutdowns and lockdowns, it also forced another pandemic even further underground, Edee Franklin, founder of Sanctum House, said.

“Human trafficking got lost in COVID,” Franklin said. “It never stops. 24 hours a day women are being trafficked.”

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Sanctum House is a safe home that provides counseling, education, and much more for female survivors of human trafficking. Franklin says detection has become harder and just last year, victims contacted the National Human Trafficking Hotline nearly a thousand times.

How victims are still in the situation is frustrating for Franklin.

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