Greenfield Community College hosts sex trafficking forum

Greenfield Community College hosts sex trafficking forum


BARRY: GREENFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOSTED A FORUM TODAY ON SEX TRAFFICKING IN THE FRANKLIN COUNTY AND NORTH QUABBIN REGION. 22NEWS REPORTER KATRINA KINCADE IS LIVE AT OUR FRANKLIN COUNTY BUREAU WITH HOW HUMANTRAFFICKING IMPACTS RURAL COMMUNITES. KATRINA KINCADE: HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ATTENDED THE FORUM TODAY WHERE SPEAKERS EMPHASIZED THAT SEX TRAFFICKING IN THE AREA MAY LOOK DIFFERENT FROM WHAT TAKES PLACE IN CITIES – BUT IS STILL VERY MUCH A PROBLEM IN RURAL COMMUNITIES. “THIS WAS THE TIP SORT OF THE BEGINNING OF EDUCATION AS A COMMUNITY AROUND WHAT ARE THE ISSUES HOW ARE THEY SHOWING UP.” THE FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERRIFS OFFICE AND OPIOID TASK FORCE OF FRANKLIN COUNTY AND NORTH QUABBIN REGION HOSTED A FORUM ON SEX TRAFFICING ON WEDNESDAY. ORGANIZERS TOLD 22NEWS SEX TRAFFICKING IN THE AREA SEES MORE PEOPLE BEING EXPLOITED FOR SURVIVAL COMPARED TO THOSE BEING HELD CAPTIVE AND MOVED ACROSS STATE LINES. “PEOPLE ARE NEEDING TO TRADE SEX FOR HOUSING OR FOR MATERIAL THINGS OR TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES AND SOMETIMES PEOPLE ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THAT AND THAT’S WHEN IT BECOMES EXPLOITATION.” ORGANIZERS ALSO DISCUSSED HOW PROGRAMS IN THE AREA WERE NOT MEETING THE ALL NEEDS OF SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS. “I THINK THAT IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL FOR ALL THE COMMUNITIES AND COUNTIES IN MASSACHUSETTS TO COME TOGETHER TO TALK ABOUT THE WORK THEIR DOING SO WE CAN SEE WHERE WE CAN OVERLAP AND WHAT’S WORKING WHAT’S NOT AND WHAT WE CAN USE. ” SPEAKERS SAID MANY TIMES SEX TRAFFICING VICTIMS DO NOT GET FOUND UNTIL THEY ARE INCARCERATED. KATRINA KINCADE: EVENT ORGANIZERS TOLD 22NEWS THEY HOPE THAT TODAY’S EVENT WAS THE FIRST STEP IN STARTING A DISCUSSION AND ACTIONS AROUND COMBATING SEX TRAFFICKING IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. AT THE FRANKLIN COUNTY BUREAU IN GREENFIELD KATRINA KINCADE 22NEWS.

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