LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Human trafficking and forced labor is an issue that state officials want local advocates to learn more about.
Kirsta Leeburg Melton from the Attorney General's office in Texas visited Laredo and says there are approximately 313 thousand victims of sex trafficking in the state of Texas this year alone. With a portion of them possibly living in Laredo.
According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, 792 cases were reported in 2017. A reason why it is essential for both kids and adults to learn about potential traps online.
Although Laredo may not have the same statistics as larger cities the potential danger of falling victim to human traffickers is just as likely.
Local leaders are pledging to learn more about this topic, and the ways to prevent it.
Authorities ask the community to be aware of their surroundings and if they see something suspicious to notify law enforcement.