RICHLAND, WA.- Volunteers with the Tri-Cities Coalition Against Trafficking shine a spotlight on the issue of sex trafficking in the area and answer the question; is this really happening in our community?
The independent film produced in the Tri-Cities called, "Here? Sex Trafficking in our Community" revealed, "there were girls who were minors, who were pimped out on backpage.com and there were men from our community who bought sex."
The film aired Wednesday night on Northwest Public TV.
It explored the sex trafficking of kids and young adults in the Tri-Cities, a place the films producer says people find hard to believe exists.
Executive Producer and Co-Director of the Tri-Cities Coalition Against Trafficking Betty Adams said, "We discovered that there were more kinds of trafficking than we realized there were. Family trafficking, gang trafficking, domestic minors, sex trafficking, labor trafficking. We've just barely scratched the surface and we discovered there were also a lot of people doing individual things in our community to try to eradicate this and fight back."
A live public forum followed the documentary with a room filled of experts to include police, prosecutors, educators and mental health experts to answer questions from people at home.
The documentary and forum will re-run the weekend of October 12th on PBS.