Sex Trafficking At The College World Series; Local Group Taking A Stand
By: Melina MatthesMMatthes@kptm.comOMAHA (kptm) - Sex trafficking has been reported all over the world, in all 50 states and even in Nebraska. With hundreds of thousands of people attending the College World Series, the FBI said it's a big opportunity for crime, especially pimps trying to sell young girls as prostitutes. A local group is now fighting the problem by hitting the streets and talking with fans. Sex trafficking; investigators said during the College World Series women and girls are specifically brought to the area. That's because major sporting events like the College World Series create a demand for prostitutes. "It's never going to stop until people are going to step forward, take an active stand against it." Rachel Davis is taking a stand. She's raising awareness of human trafficking in Nebraska and she wants baseball fans to be on the lookout. "During large events there's a lot more opportunity for trafficking to occur and so the World Series being one of those really large events in our state, we definitely decided we wanted to get involved and do something specifically to raise awareness." As a former victim, she started the "take a walk" campaign. A chance to encourage the public to take action against an increasing problem that she says many try to ignore. "If you need a face or a name to remember that this is something that is real, that is happening here in this state, look at me. Look at me and just remember that it's not going away just because I got out of the life. It's not going away just because you don't hear about it every day. It's there, it's here, it's real and it's very much underground." She's asking fans attending the College World Series to keep their eyes open and reach out to law enforcement officials if they see anything. "If you hear somebody "looking for a good time" and those kinds of things are buzz words... If you see somebody being forcibly controlled by someone else.You might see somebody who doesn't look like their familiar with the area who's afraid of someone else or not being able to speak for themselves." FBI officials said the average person doesn't really see what's going on. Most people think these girls are prostitutes when in fact they're not. They've been bought by someone and they're being forced to do what they don't want to do. If you see something suspicious, say something. Supporters will walk the streets every day during the CWS with flyers, t-shirts, and signs. If you want to get involved visit www.FreeThePeopleMovement.org check out www.Facebook.com/FreeThePeopleMovement or e-mail Rachel Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org "Like" Melina on Facebook and follow her on Twitter to stay connected.
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