MISSOULA - It's a pervasive issue worldwide, including western Montana.
Sex trafficking happens in our community, but advocates are hoping to fight it with education and awareness. A conference this week for law enforcement drew about 170 investigators and prosecutors from across the state and region to Missoula.
Sex Trafficking Community Awareness seminars held at the University of Montana on Thursday offered statistics to help people grasp just how big this problem is and information about how to recognize a trafficking victim.
Missoula Police Department Detective Guy Baker says they want people to know the indicators like for example, recognizing controlling relationships or paying attention when someone who is traveling doesn’t know what city they are in.
“If we are looking at something that we don’t recognize, we don’t see it. So, getting the word out, getting the awareness out to the public is key to successfully combating this issue in our community,” said Baker who is the organizer of Missoula Human Trafficking Task Force.
The Missoula Human Trafficking Task Force has a Facebook page where you can get connected with their efforts. They are always looking for volunteers, contact that page for more information.