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People – Detroit Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd is helping to save girls from sex trafficking in Uganda

People – Detroit Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd is helping to save girls from sex trafficking in Uganda

Detroit Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd wants to make an impact on the world beyond just helping his team win games.

The 28-year-old and his wife, Ashley Boyd, have saved dozens of girls in Uganda from sex slavery and trafficking through their nonprofit, Kingdom Home, according to the Detroit Free Press‘ Jeff Seidel. The organization was formed after the couple heard about Dorothy Stella Alue, a woman from the East African country who was experiencing financial difficulties that threatened her efforts to protect 36 girls who had either been rescued from trafficking, genital mutilation or forced marriages.

“She has a heart for rescuing girls. It kind of stems back to her personal history,” Ashley said of Alue. “She was going to be sold as a childhood bride to her neighbor. She was a little girl.”

After learning more about her story and the lives of the girls she was struggling to protect, Matthew and Ashley — who share a 1-year-old daughter and are currently expecting their second child — formed Kingdom Home to provide clothing and food for the girls.

Read more here.