Speech to Text for Agencies, advocates come together to end sex trafficking
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and it's surrounding communities are a target ys, "t stacks were twice as high this morning...and that just goes to show how many people are here to help end the silence when it comes to sex trafficking." staysha hackmann spent her morning showing a room full of people what it takes to help victims of sex trafficking. staysha says, "i know it's at stake i know what it takes in the effort and the work that needs to be just poured into this in order for the survivors to really feel like this community cares." she knows because she is a survivor of local sex trafficking. so is rebecca bender. they're using their own experience to help others. rebecca says, "i live here at my kids go to school here and i want my community to know better." one way they're helping is through a new task force. it's made up of several agencies... d-h-s...being one of them. d-h-s's elizabeth alston says traffickers will groom their victims..and parents need to watch for those clues. elizabeth says, "watching for kids who are isolating and withholding from their communities and their friends your family a change in behavior kids who have an older boyfriend or a partner ." she adds online messaging platforms.. are a real danger. elizabeth says, "they can look at some on social media and say hey i have all these things in common with you or for child post things that may indicate low self-esteem a trafficker can respond with very positive and encouraging and affirming messages." the task force hopes it will create a more helpful cases that were serving the same victims on ait'll create more streamlined access for the victims to get services." and as staysha knows too well...the time to act is now. staysha says, "we need to start asking the question is this happening we need to start working on ok this is happening now what." in medford, rachel tiede, nw12. [a26]weed and hemp meetings-hp ots the