GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- One local group aims to educate the community on how to recognize and prevent human trafficking.
We covered the Battlement to The Bells Anti Human Trafficking Summit in Rifle on Jan. 10. The following day, Western Slope Against Trafficking held a community training event at the Center for Independence.
Members of the community gathered to learn how to recognize instances of human trafficking.
One Western Slope Against Trafficking Member who is also a survivor of human trafficking shared her story.
She says the community can become more aware by understanding human trafficking often is in plain sight, and takes on a variety of forms. She also says this free community training is important for education and awareness.
“There has been other training that has been directed at service providers,” said Angela Rae-Clark, Western Slope Against Trafficking member and survivor. “There has been training happening for several years here, but not just opened up to the community.”
Rae-Clark says having this training expanded beyond service providers, or healthcare workers and law enforcement for example, will lead to more education and prevention.