Interpreters help victims of violence in Missouri's immigrant communities

Monday, September 21, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 9:52 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 21, 2009

COLUMBIA — Some years back, a Somali woman came to Refugee Health and Interpreter Services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis complaining about anxiety attacks. After the staff at the center coaxed the story from the woman, they knew she shouldn't stay with her husband anymore: He was selling her to his friends as a sex slave.