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WMUK's five-part series on human trafficking: It Happens Here

Stacy Chambliss standing in Bronson Park in Kalamazoo
Leona Larson
Stacy Chambliss in Bronson Park on July 19, 2023.

The stories look at how traffickers operate and how hard it can be for people to escape trafficking and get help.

Stacy Chambliss reached out to WMUK in early 2022. She had been trafficked for two months in 2019, and now she was coming forward as a whistleblower. Stacy wanted her voice to be heard.

For over a year and a half, WMUK sought records and conducted interviews to tell Stacy's story, and examine the system that is supposed to help trafficking survivors.

Advisory: The stories include disturbing subject matter, including descriptions of sexual violence.

Part 1: A human trafficking survivor in court

Part 2: Before one woman was trafficked, she tried to get help

Part 3: "You're just trying to get out of going to jail"

Part 4: "Terrified with nowhere to go"

Part 5: "I won't stop talking about it”

Leona has worked as a journalist for most of her life - in radio, print, television and as journalism instructor. She has a background in consumer news, special projects and investigative reporting.
Gordon Evans became WMUK's Content Director in 2019 after more than 20 years as an anchor, host and reporter. A 1990 graduate of Michigan State, he began work at WMUK in 1996.