Local Event Spotlights Sex Trafficking Among Homeless Youth


Youth Bridge, Into the Light hosted the Bridge to Hope summit Friday.

The event put a spotlight on sex trafficking among homeless young people in the region.

One in seven runaway children are trafficked, but not all  victims are runaways, according to the National Center for Missing Children.

Some children are even trafficked by family or romantic partners. 

“Well, we definitely seen victims identified. So victims maybe in our juvenile detention center or on probation, or runaways, we’ve seen them identified as actual victims,” said Gretchen Smeltzer, executive director of Into the Light.

Friday is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

 Sex trafficking can happen anywhere, not just in foreign countries, authorities say.

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