Warner Robins woman works to stop human trafficking

Warner Robins woman works to stop human trafficking

Earlier this year we told you about a central Georgia woman who says she escaped sex trafficking.

Now, that same woman is holding a candle light service to bring awareness to the problem.

For 27 years, Lt. Lance Watson has served in law enforcement.

“You get this feeling of guilt once you realize what’s going on, and you think back to the times you missed it,” said Watson.

It wasn't until a few years ago that he says he learned about an eye-opening problem: human trafficking.

“In the last three years I've seen things that I look back [on] from the earlier days that I just flat out missed because I didn’t know what I was looking for,” said Watson.

Watson says he wants to help others learn about the problem.

“In the last year, at least 10, where there was probably some form of girls being held against their will,” said Watson.

That is why Watson says he didn't think twice about speaking at the human trafficking awareness event that April Scarborough is holding.

“I know there are some people in the community who have seen this and they know it, but they don't like to admit it, so I’m putting it out there and saying, ‘You have to face this,’” said Scarborough.

Scarborough says she fell victim to sex trafficking in 2006 and she is trying to help others from experiencing what she went through by having several members of the community speak at her event.

Warner Robins mayor Randy Toms is one of those speakers.

“This is something that we can actually make a difference in. We can stand up for these people that can’t stand up for themselves,” said Toms.

Both Toms and Watson say the first step is bringing awareness.

“But if there's just one and you save that one girl, that'll make you sleep better at night,” said Watson.

Together they are hoping to shed light on the problem and put an end to human trafficking.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday inside the Student Center at the Assembly Church in Warner Robins.

Scarborough is also working to start a shelter for victims of human trafficking.

If you are interested in donating to help her with this project, click this link.

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