The UNC Chapel Hill Newman Catholic Student Center Parish will be labeling bars of soap with the National Human Trafficking Hotline number on Feb. 8 in the Pit. After being labeled, the soap will be delivered to hotels, where they can provide a potential escape to human trafficking victims.
This event is an extension of the S.O.A.P. Project, which stands for “Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution.” Founded by a human trafficking survivor, the project aims to educate the public about the prevalence of human trafficking through outreach events.
S.O.A.P. also partners with local organizations, such as the UNC Newman Catholic Student Center Parish, to supply high-risk hotels and motels with the donated and labeled bars of soap. S.O.A.P. also provides training to motel employees about the warning signs of human trafficking.
From noon to 2 p.m. this Friday, students passing by the UNC Newman Catholic Student Center Parish’s table can learn more about human trafficking and take an active role in its prevention.
“It also really brings you close to the person that you’re helping because a lot of the times, you know, whenever you’re doing service or volunteer work, you can’t really see the end of the tunnel with who you’re helping. But for this, you’re physically touching an instrument of help that will come back and assist someone and save their life,” said Kara Cody, a student minister in charge of the project.