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Solutions Sought in Human Trafficking Cases

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LAS VEGAS -- Human trafficking has become a $32 billion a year industry worldwide and involves the transport or trade of people for work or sex. 

The problem has become so serious in southern Nevada, experts have combined efforts to raise awareness and talk about solutions.

The victims are often recruited at a young age, some being only 13-years-old.

Brenda Myers-Powell knows firsthand what it's like to be trafficked.

"They have been traumatized, they have been brainwashed, they have been abused," said Myers-Powell, a human trafficking survivor.

Wednesday she shared her experience with others at the annual Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force Conference.

 "We do have young victims out there that we want to identify as well as prosecute those who are guilty of doing this," said Gwendolyn Pascoe who is with the task force.

In an effort to reach a wider audience, a documentary associated with the trafficking awareness campaign called "Trafficked No More" is set to hit the airwaves in January.

Pastor Troy Martinez, the person behind the project, said the documentary addresses the issue of child exploitation.

"The exploitation of our children will not be permitted. If they are going to harm our children, they're going to have to go through us first," he said.

Part of that campaign focuses on getting the message out to younger people.

"It's important to educate our youth about this issue," said Shauna Davis. 

Task force members say a team effort is needed to expose and prevent human trafficking. Drivers may also notice new electronic billboards around the valley to raise awareness about the issue.

Anyone who is being trafficked or aware of a trafficking victim should  text the word "help" 233 -733.

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