NORFOLK- No buyers, no trafficking… That’s the mantra preached by Former Human Trafficking Coalition Coordinator, Stephen Patrick O’Meara. Other experts also shared that philosophy in Norfolk on Tuesday.
The forum organized by the Norfolk Rotary club sought to help the community recognize the red flags and other signs of human trafficking. Officials emphasized that one victim is too many, and the prevalence is much higher than what’s understood. The event also educated attendees on the types of trickeries predators may use to lure children.
Experts at the forum say that although human trafficking happens in nearly every city and every state, it is also a local problem. Law enforcement presented sex trafficking cases covered in Nebraska and showed the geographic range for each scenario.
Former Norfolk Rotary Club President, Sherri Prim says they are focusing on making improvements on fighting human trafficking in Northeast Nebraska.
The project they are working on is through a district grant. The Rotary Club members will go through a training program before going to Norfolk Hotels and Motels, where they will then train staff as to what to look for specifically in that environment and how to report it.
Officials remind the community that there’s a variety of ways that people can help in the area of human trafficking.
Attorney General, Doug Peterson says common for most sex trafficking is Motels, Hotels, and the Internet. He advises that parents monitor their children’s electronic use due to being one of the biggest risk factors.
Police say sex trafficking is the second fastest growing criminal enterprise worldwide. Law enforcement agencies encourage people to trust their gut and to report any suspected human trafficking. Adding, that your participation could protect people who may be potentially victimized.