International Church of Las Vegas Hosts 'Cultivating Beauty'

LAS VEGAS - A local church is getting ready for a major fundraiser to help non-profits who rescue women from sexual slavery.

The International Church of Las Vegas will host the Fashion Show, called Cultivating Beauty.

The event is at 7 p.m. Friday at the Summerlin campus of ICLV.

The church has teamed up with local retailers, designers and community leaders to raise money for organizations that help women and girls recover from the trafficking lifestyle.

Las Vegas is one of the worst cities in the world for human trafficking with countless women smuggled and kept as sex slaves.

8 News NOW sat down with a woman, working to transition out of the industry.

To protect her identity and dignity, we won't reveal her name.

The survivor told 8 News NOW it started out as a regular dating relationship, then after a year, her boyfriend turned to managing human trafficking.

"I'm like okay; I'll do this for you just so you won't leave me. That's what a lot of girls get confused with because guys will tell you anything under the sun and girls are vulnerable. They pour their heart out to a man and the only thing those men care about is for you to go out there and spread your legs," she told 8 News NOW.

All thanks to someone who refused to give up on her; the survivor has not shifted her focus and is helping other women realize there's an escape from the lifestyle.


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