SANDY (News4Utah)- Most people are in denial when it comes to human trafficking in their own hometowns.
Some think it only occurs abroad; that victims are only foreign-born or impoverished individuals or that traffickers are strangers, but the fact is that’s just not true.
Human trafficking victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality: young children, teenagers, women, men, runaways, United States citizens, and foreign-born individuals and it does exist, right here in the state of Utah.
The Utah Trafficking and Person Taskforce exists specifically to address human trafficking in the state.
On Monday a conference was held to help attendees to recognize and protect victims and to address common complications with human trafficking cases.
“Nobody starts their childhood by saying ‘I really want to do this for my living’, and so we want to support whatever hopes and dreams our survivors have,” Allison M. Smith, Refugee & Immigrant Center-Asian Association of Utah said.
The conference comes just months after Attorney General Sean Reyes called for more resources in Utah to combat human trafficking.
Remember—if you see something, say something.
Human trafficking is often a hidden crime. Victims may be afraid to come forward and get help or they may be forced or coerced through threats or violence.
The Utah Trafficking in Person Task Force Tip Line is 801-200-3443.
Click here for more about human trafficking in our state.