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Human Trafficking: A Treasure Valley problem that can be helped

Dawn Maglish and her team at INsideOUT Salon in Eagle receive a $500 Pay It Forward from Tim Toy with Mountain America Credit Union.

Human trafficking is an international problem that is also here in the Treasure Valley.

For the last four years, Dawn Maglish has been helping local girls targeted by those who would exploit them. How?

Maglish is the founder of INsideOUT Salon, a non-profit salon - one of the few, if any, in the country - located in Eagle.

"I wanted to cut hair, but I also wanted to fight human trafficking, too," Maglish said.

There are thousands of kids that are homeless in our area every night," she said. "And that is a huge risk for being trafficked. Drugs are (also) a huge risk for being trafficked."

After paying her employees and covering overhead, Maglish pours everything into helping the victims of human trafficking.

"We're not trying to rescue or save them. We're trying to offer them resources and tools they can use for the rest of their life. And one of those tools is being there when they fall. And I say, 'I'll help you up,'" Maglish told KBOI 2News.

Maglish isn't alone in the process; her stylists are in on it too.

"Kids don't even know they're wrapped up into it until it's too late," said Stephanie Semancik, a stylist and mentor. "You see and hear what they've gone through and it's just heartbreaking."

Even clients donate money and their time.

"Dawn Maglish was on a magazine cover a couple years ago and I was really interested in what she was doing," said Rene Annette Cataldo, a client and volunteer. "I wanted to be one of those people (who) make a difference."

Others are happy to help.

"My wife and I both come get our haircut here," said Larry Osborn, a regular customer. "We love being able to be a part of it."

Even if you don't need the hair cut, Maglish will gladly enlist you as a volunteer.

"It's the fastest-growing crime and it's happening; so open your eyes," Maglish said.

And with Pay It Forward, she is receiving $500 from Mountain America Credit Union to help her cause.

Know someone making a difference in the Treasure Valley? Nominate them for a Pay It Forward!