Scott County Sheriff's Dept. raises awareness for human trafficking

Scott Co. Sheriff's Dept. raises awareness for human trafficking
Published: Feb. 5, 2016 at 3:08 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 5, 2016 at 3:22 AM CST
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The Scott County Sheriffs Department held a seminar on the dangers of human trafficking Thursday night in Sikeston.

The meeting, held at the Anchor Church, was geared toward raising awareness on the issue and ways people can help intervene.

Shawn Wood is a victims advocate with the sheriffs department and said human trafficking for sex is an issue everywhere including here in the Heartland.

Weve been trying to get the word out to local schools, churches, civic organization, she said. I think thats key in curbing this heinous crime.

Organized through Share Hope International, an organization that aims to prevent conditions that foster sex trafficking, Thursdays program included a short film, presentation, and Q&A session.

About 40 people turned out for the event, a first of its kind.

Anchor Church elder and chaplain with the Scott County Sheriffs Department, Jason Davis, said stopping human trafficking takes an effort from everyone involved.

It takes law enforcement but it also takes your everyday customer at a restaurant or a person on the street to notice the signs that something just doesn't seem right," Davis said.

Leaders say its starts with educating children.

"It has to come everywhere, it has to come from school, it has to come from your parents, it has to come from church, it has to come from your friends, Wood said.

Wood said they hope to hold more seminars in towns and schools around the Heartland to help raise awareness.

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