Members of our community stopped to learn Thursday more about human trafficking and if it's happening here in the Coulee Region.
The all day conference at UW-La Crosse talked about what law enforcement is seeing, and what work advocacy groups are doing on the issue. People also heard from survivors of trafficking.
The keynote speaker said no community is immune to the issue no matter how small. "Buying and selling human beings is a human rights violation, it's against the law, so it doesn't matter where it happens, how it happens. No one should be able to buy or sell me," said Vednita Carter.
One of the survivors says the majority of the women who are trafficked were sexually abused.