New Effort Fighting Sex Trafficking

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MEDFORD, Ore. — There’s a new effort in our region to raise awareness about and fight sex trafficking.

The group called ACT Southern Oregon is starting with a monthly newsletter, classes and meetings. The organization plans to partner with schools for prevention awareness programs.

The FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploiting Children estimate at least 100,000 youth under 18 are sold for sex each year.

“Lots of folks who have been survivors of trafficking now coming forward and saying hey I left here had no idea and I went to a city and spent years in some cases being trafficked,” said ACT’s Caleb La Plante.

The group is planning to hold a trafficking summit in early 2016. Before then, you can find out more about their mission by signing up for the newsletter on their website, actsouthernoregon.com.