10244858076_0c3267be54_bThe Indianapolis Star has a story about Jessica Thorne, a 2003 IWU grad who founded Purchased, a nonprofit organization that educates people about the problem of human trafficking.

Jessica Thorne always knew she had a soft spot in her heart for young people living in hard situations — abuse, hunger and poverty weren’t unknown in her job as a teacher in Pike Township, where she worked for nine years.

But it wasn’t until she went to Nepal with her church in 2007 that Thorne, 33, Indianapolis, was introduced to the $32 billion industry of human trafficking.

“I came home (from the trip), and I knew I was broken for it,” she said. “I told my friends, ‘I think I’m supposed to tell people about the issue of trafficking.'”

Read the full story, part of the Star‘s regular “Women to Know” series, here.