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Organization works with Omaha businesses to raise awareness of human trafficking

Posted at 10:37 AM, Jun 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-06 14:14:29-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Volunteers with the "Coalition on Human Trafficking" were out Saturday in and around downtown.

The group was hoping to work with area businesses to spread awareness of the issue. They met at the Old Mattress Factory Bar and Grill before canvassing areas in and around downtown. Their goal was to spread as much awareness of human trafficking as possible by putting up signage and leaving informative pamphlets for business employees.

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Volunteers from UNO's Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity

With events set to bring in more people to the downtown area, the group wants to be sure more people can identify a potential case of human trafficking.

"If all of our efforts today can rescue one single person from human trafficking all of our efforts will be worth this. I've been with it for about four and a half years. I have met some of the survivors, we have some that are part of our coalition. But again, if we can rescue anyone from the scourges of slavery and human trafficking all of our efforts are worth it," said Steve Heck, Coalition on Human Trafficking.

He says human trafficking is the second largest illegal industry in the world. It generates billions of dollars globally.

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