Could human trafficking be happening here?
Tue, 20 May 2014 21:36:54 GMT —
A representative from Rotary International was in Albany Tuesday to give a presentation on human trafficking.
Dave McCleary said his organization is not only trying to help victims but they're advocating for tougher punishments when people are caught trafficking children.
McCleary told FOX 31, "I hope people understand it's happening in their neighborhood and a lot of people don't realize that in Georgia 60% of our kids are on free and reduced lunches and they don't eat during the summer or spring break which makes them vulnerable."
He said that these children are promised a better life and they believe it. It's not until they're involved that they realize they're in trouble.
When asked if trafficking is happening close to Southwest Georgia, McCleary mentioned a truck stop in Butts County that's one of the largest trafficking areas in the state. This, to him, proves that it can happen anywhere.