Eau Claire (WQOW) – A local non-profit that works with human trafficking survivors says a prostitution case at massage parlors highlights a problem that is already happening in our community.
Fierce Freedom leaders say they have worked with 53 local survivors, including 11 minors, since January of 2018.
Program officials said this problem doesn’t just exist in cities anymore because now the risk has moved online.
Predators are targeting and communicating with their victims via social media or online gaming, using gifts or other forms of acceptance and love, to gain a victim’s trust.
However, there are some red flags to watch out for and potentially help someone get out of a dangerous situation.
“If you see somebody who they have no agency, like somebody is sort of speaking for them, they can’t speak to you. They may look at the ground, they may not be able to hold a conversation that seems organic,” said Cat Jacoby, the PR and program coordinator for Fierce Freedom.
The non-profit plans to hold a community discussion about more prevention and safety tips at the end of the month.
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