April 15, 2018 07:05 AM
(ABC 6 News) -- Sometimes when we hear about human trafficking, we think it's a big city problem. But an advocacy group is showing those in smaller communities it's not limited to metro areas.
On Saturday, Mission 21 held a class at the Austin Public Library teaching people about the ways many young victims get involved in sex trafficking and how to spot the issue. The group said it can be difficult to pick up since indicators like addiction, abusive relationships, and lower socioeconomic status can also be signs of other issues.
Organizers said, "There's no real magic bullet to identifying a victim of human trafficking but there are some pretty strong warning signs."
A Minnesota Department of Public Safety report from last year showed the number of identified trafficking victims has increased. But the report also said that increase is likely from updated laws put in place in early 2010.
Updated: April 15, 2018 07:05 AM
Created: April 14, 2018 09:52 PM
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