There’s nothing like curling up with a good book and cup of coffee — especially when you’re a college student who needs the caffeine to stay awake.

But those two comforts served a different purpose last night, when more than a dozen students attended InterVarsity’s Abolitionist Plunge. This week-long immersion into the world of human trafficking culminated in a panel IMG_2236featuring:

  • Christopher Stollar, author of The Black Lens novel, a dark literary thriller exposing the underbelly of sex trafficking in rural America
  • Kenny Sipes, founder of The Roosevelt Coffeehouse, a nonprofit coffee shop that fights three social injustices: hunger, unsafe water and human trafficking
  • David Schermerhorn, member of the Ohio Attorney General Demand Reduction sub-committee, which strives to reduce the demand for forced labor and compelled commercial sexual activity in Ohio

As male abolitionists, we discussed the role each one of us plays in seeking to reduce the demand for modern slavery — and what you can do to join the fight.

Learn more about the InterVarsity’s Abolitionist Plunge at