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Omaha Women's Fund bringing awareness to sex trafficking during College World Series

Posted at 6:42 AM, Jun 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-14 09:27:47-04

The College World Series brings excitement to baseball fans and a coalition is using the moment to highlight a dangerous issue in the state.

"We know 900 individuals are bought and sold in a month - multiple times," said Meghan Malik, the trafficking project manager at Women’s Fund of Omaha.

The expert predicts the number to multiply during the major event.

Women’s Fund of Omaha partnered with law enforcement, policy makers and organizers of CWS to launch the awareness campaign “Not on My Watch.”

"Expect signs to highlight statewide statistics at Eppley Airfield while volunteers pass out flyers, shirts and sunglasses to fan-goers downtown," Malik said.

Some possible warning signs from victims include:

- Appears timid

- Makes no eye contact

- A young person accompanied by someone much older

If you suspect something is wrong, Malik says, never approach the person or situation.

Instead, leave a tip on the National Human Trafficking hotline 1 (888) 373-7888 or call 911 if an emergency.