“Trafficking is modern day slavery, and it’s happening all over the world,” an UnBound trainer said,
as a small group of Waco community members are the first in a series of presentations the organization plans on holding regarding human sex and labor trafficking.
“Community awareness is rising. And so, community members are starting to recognize the signs,” says Jessica Sykora.
They also presented some startling statistics.
“Texas is the second highest state in the country if you’re human trafficking victims. Another thing we know is the large number of that is due to our highway system,” Sykora says.
This could explain why we are seeing cases like the Vegas Buffet raid, the recent spa raid and other crimes like this popping up around McLennan County.
“The reality is as long as we live in a society, in a culture that thinks it’s okay to pay and to objectify people for services, it’s going to happen,” Sykora says.
There are also signs the every day citizen can look out for – including being accompanied by someone else who speaks for them, a gut feeling something isn’t right and scars, bruises or burns.
“We want to make Central Texas a hostile environment for traffickers” Sykora said.
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