On Dec. 4, the Waushara County Anti-Human Trafficking Committee presented copies of “Renting Lacy” to Wautoma Public Library to be distributed to eight public libraries in the county. Pictured are (back): Kathleen Koepke, Jessica Bielmeier, and Reverend Mark R. Meier Sr.; (front): Diane Ruhland, Pat Bero, Hannah Klusmeyer, and Cathy Duesterhoeft.

Waushara County Anti-Human Trafficking Committee receives Action Grant from Thrivent for books

The Waushara County Anti-Human Trafficking Committee received an Action Grant from Thrivent to purchase “Renting Lacy” books and “Slaying the Giant” booklets. They are donating a “Renting Lacy” book to all eight libraries in the county.

The author of “Renting Lacy” is Linda Smith, who founded Shared Hope International in November of 1998 to fight sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. The following description is from the Shared Hope International web site.


Forced into a life they never chose, manipulated, abused, and tortured at the hands of the pimps who control them, our country’s children are sold on the streets, on the internet and at truck stops across America every night. They aren’t bad kids who made bad choices. They are victims of child sex trafficking. They come from our neighborhoods, our schools, our churches, and sometimes our own homes.

Linda brings to life characters based on real stories and interviews with teen survivors. Meet Lacy and Star as they reveal the underbelly of our country’s commercial sex trade.

Get to know the men who sell them, and the ones who buy them. Let “Renting Lacy” draw you into the lives of these young girls as they struggle to survive each night, watching their childhood hopes and dreams slip away in the darkness. Let it compel you to action.

This new edition includes a group discussion guide in the back to enable you to expand understanding of this book and further equip readers to act.

It is not an easy read due to its content but it is a necessary read. The main goal of the committee is to bring about awareness of what is going on literally in our own back yard. Waushara County is not immune to traffickers trying to groom young girls for their business. Everyone needs to be aware, educated, and equipped to act.

The Faith Based Response to Human Trafficking, a subcommittee of the Anti-Trafficking Committee, will be hosting a presentation and healing service at Hope Lutheran on Sunday, Jan. 13 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The presenter will shed more light on what is happening and action that faith communities can take to stop Human Trafficking. “Slaying the Giant” booklets will be available. People can also sign up to be a part of a study group on “Renting Lacy.”


For more information, contact Pat Bero, 920-787-4083 or patbero@hotmail.com