Salisbury human trafficking event reveals harsh truths

Tom Stack, human trafficking policy analyst at the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, speaks to an audience at the "Human Trafficking: In A Neighborhood Near You - 'Protecting Our Children on the Eastern Shore'" on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Salisbury University. (Photo: Staff photo by Vanessa Junkin)

Tom Stack, human trafficking policy analyst at the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, speaks to an audience at the "Human Trafficking: In A Neighborhood Near You - 'Protecting Our Children on the Eastern Shore'" on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Salisbury University. (Photo: Staff photo by Vanessa Junkin)

Vanessa Junkin, vjunkin@dmg.gannett.com

7:02 a.m. EST February 1, 2016

The word "wow" was uttered more than once during a human trafficking conference at Salisbury University on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Attendees heard about how four young people were brought to Michigan from Togo, a small country in West Africa, under the guise of a better life and were forced to do an excessive amount of chores, with the possibilities of having food withheld or being beaten with broomsticks or ice scrapers as punishments. Attendees heard about how Cornelius Briddell, aka "Slime," led a human trafficking organization out of the America's Best Value Inn in Salisbury....