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Murfreesboro organization works to end human trafficking

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Candy Carter, founder of Last Call 4 Grace, has been bringing awareness to and trying to save women from human trafficking for 15 years.

"The goal that we have here at Last Call 4 Grace is setting captives free," Carter said.

Carter said she wasn't surprised to hear about the raids conducted by Franklin police and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at two massage parlors on Wednesday.

The owner and several workers were arrested on prostitution and human trafficking charges.

"It's an everyday occurrence, even in our own city," Carter said.

Carter sponsors workshops where videos about human trafficking are shown. The videos show how easily people, from unsuspecting women to children visiting the wrong website, can become victims.

"It makes them very easy targets for traffickers," Carter said.

At last Saturday's workshop, Carter said three human trafficking survivors attended and thanked her for bringing this issue to the forefront.

G&K Massage in Murfreesboro was also raided on Wednesday. Murfreesboro police and the TBI also served warrants at an apartment and another massage business where cash and passports from China were confiscated.

"One of the businesses had actually been served with search warrants previously in 2013 in which a large amount of cash was seized and several arrests were made," said Sgt. Kyle Evans, Murfreesboro police spokesman.

Nearby businesses said they suspected more than just massages were going on inside the business. They said they saw people coming, going in and out at all times day and night.

G&K Massage is located next door to a drop-in day care center.

Evans said the investigation into whether human trafficking was taking place in Murfreesboro is ongoing.

"We are looking into the human trafficking aspect of this," Evans said. "There is limited English being spoken by many of the people we came in contact with."

Carter said she hopes her street ministry can one day help close the doors on human and sex trafficking.

For more information about Last Call 4 Grace, click here.

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