SAGINAW TWP. (WJRT) - (01/13/2019) - January is national human trafficking awareness month.
And one Mid-Michigan group held an event Sunday to focus on the growing epidemic and what is being done to fight it.
"Human trafficking is a growing criminal enterprise because if you think about it when people are selling drugs you sell an amount and it's gone; a person you can sell over and over again. You can work them over and over again.” said Sandra Eagle, chair of the Midland County Human Trafficking Task Force.
Eagle goes around several times a month speaking to groups with hopes of spreading awareness of the dangers of human trafficking.
On Sunday she was invited to Second Presbyterian Church in Saginaw Township to educate the community.
"It's crucial, it's very important,” said Eagle. “It's hidden in plain sight and it takes that extra step to be observant and look past what's just on the surface."
Katherine Myers was one of the dozens of people that attended the presentation.
"I think anytime you deal with a city situation and especially any city that has poverty, you've got a very vulnerable population," said Myers.
Myers along with the others who attended learned what signs to look for, as well as those groups that are most vulnerable to human trafficking - including the homeless, people struggling with substance abuse, runaway teens and members of the LGBT community.
"We all need to be a little bit more aware and I think that we need to be willing to step outside our comfort zone if we are confronted with something," said Myers.
If you notice something that could be suspicious you’re asked to contact local law enforcement or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888.