Local sporting events prompt awareness for Human trafficking

The Super bowl in Indianapolis brought many people to the Hoosier state earlier in 2012. It also brought an increased awareness of human trafficking.

Thursday in Elkhart, Abby Kuzma from the Indiana Attorney General's Office spoke about the commercial sex business to a group of social service agencies from the Michiana area.

She talked about the nearly 35,000 people who were trained to look for signs of young women and men who could be victims of human trafficking.

Locally, one agency worker talked about a spike in ads for escort services during the senior PGA in Benton Harbor in May.

"Any type of athletic event that draws large (groups) of people, means there are customers for sex out there," said John Goodson of the North by Southwest Human Trafficking Project.. "And traffickers want to take advantage of that so they will import large amounts of girls and put them up in local hotels."

He is also recruiting volunteers to help victims of human trafficking that may happen during Notre Dame home-game weekends.

Anyone who would like to be educated about the signs of human trafficking or help in the fight against it can contact:

Human Trafficking Program
Individuals and Families In Transition
Matthew Ernsperger

John Goodson
Facebook: North by Southwest Human Trafficking Project

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

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