Mary Blank, Rotary Club of Scottsdale Club president-elect, introduced Cindy Hensley McCain to over 100 Rotarians and guests at a luncheon meeting held May 16 in the Lakeside Ballroom of The McCormick Scottsdale.
Cindy serves as co-chair of the Arizona Governor’s Council on human trafficking and on the McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council. She is dedicated to efforts to reduce human trafficking in Arizona, throughout the United States and around the world, as well as, she works to improve the lives of victims of human trafficking.
Through the ASU-McCain Institute for International Leadership, which she and her husband Sen. John McCain founded, several partnerships have been formed with anti-trafficking organizations working on solving various aspects of the problem.
Cindy’s focus is on the women and children enslaved in the commercial sex industry here in the United States, especially in her home state of Arizona.
“Kids are being systematically moved around the country for purposes of sex,” she explained.
Cindy has been working on humanitarian issues for a long time. She had an experience in a shop in Calcutta, India, some years back. She saw human trafficking, but at the time didn’t realize what it was.
When shopping in Bangladesh, she heard a rumbling coming from below the floor. She asked about what she saw and the shop owner said, “It’s just my family living down there.”
She looked through the floor slats and saw dozens and dozens of sets of little girl eyes. She did not know that trafficking was predominantly little girls at the time. She walked away afraid to do anything. Ever since she has been working on the issue and trying to combat it, and making sure that people understand what it is and not make the same mistake she did.
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Upcoming speakers include Eileen Klein, president of the Arizona Board of Regents, May 30; Doug Nintzel, ADOT spokesperson, June 6; Gregory Edgar, director of the Arizona Lottery, June 20.