The Hero Effect airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network THIS Saturday

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The Hero Effect is an uplifting docu-series that brings to life the stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities. Shot on location in ten different communities across the country, each episode brings audiences real-life stories that show the impact one person can make.

The Hero Effect’s episode #3, which will air Saturday, January 14, 2016 10 A.M. | 9 A.M. Central on OWN, highlights More Too Life, an organization advancing victims of all forms of sexual violence and human trafficking.

There are an estimated 20.9 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, including in all 50 states and territories of the U.S. Dr. Brook Bello, a human trafficking survivor, is the founder and CEO of More Too Life. The Florida-based organization advocates for all victims of human trafficking, rape, incest, prostitution and domestic servitude.  Bello’s work centers on restorative justice, demand prevention, street outreach and human rights issues.

"Victims of human trafficking and a root cause like familial sex slavery don’t always know they’re victims.  You're not a survivor until you know you’ve survived, and when you do, it's powerful,” said Dr. Bello.  “At More Too Life we work with girls, boys and women to help them learn to say that they were victims of a crime.  And when they learn it wasn’t their fault, they realize they're survivors.'

Hosted by Donald Driver, a former wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers and Emily Wilson, a philanthropist and actress, each episode of “The Hero Effect” concludes with a call to action, encouraging viewers to visit www.HeroEffect.com

Human trafficking happens right here in Western North Carolina, and NC 2-1-1 is partnering with the National Human Trafficking Resource Center to connect people to life-saving information and support systems that provide an escape route from modern slavery and help establish a life of freedom. 

For assistance, simply call 2-1-1 call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our trained specialists are here to help.