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Caught in modern-day slavery, she thought she’d die. Could this NC idea help others?

This week, a Mecklenburg County lawmaker introduced a bill that would spend more than $56 million to help victims of human trafficking, a problem in Charlotte and around the country.

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Queens Cup Steeplechase

Scenes at Saturday's Queens Cup Steeplechase. Since 1996 thoroughbreds have raced in the Queen's Cup Steeplechase at Brooklandwood Racecourse in Mineral Springs, NC. The Queen’s Cup is like no other sporting and social event in the Charlotte region. During the last Saturday in April in the Piedmont countryside, thousands come to see some of the most athletic thoroughbreds compete at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. The jockeys compete in five horse races, and $150,000 in purse money and the winner's circle await the winning owners. Steeplechase also features a variety of events including Jack Russell terrier races, pony rides, hats and tailgating contests, live music and delicious food.

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Joy's story

Joy Anderson is a survivor of human sex trafficking. Adopted and raised in a Christian home in Aiken, SC, Anderson became enslaved at 21 years old. The lure of acceptance, protection and a false sense of love held her prisoner for seven years. Today she is free and has gotten her voice back helping others in Cabarrus County.

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Queens Cup Steeplechase

Scenes at Saturday's Queens Cup Steeplechase. Since 1996 thoroughbreds have raced in the Queen's Cup Steeplechase at Brooklandwood Racecourse in Mineral Springs, NC. The Queen’s Cup is like no other sporting and social event in the Charlotte region. During the last Saturday in April in the Piedmont countryside, thousands come to see some of the most athletic thoroughbreds compete at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. The jockeys compete in five horse races, and $150,000 in purse money and the winner's circle await the winning owners. Steeplechase also features a variety of events including Jack Russell terrier races, pony rides, hats and tailgating contests, live music and delicious food.
Diedra Laird The Charlotte Observer
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