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Panel discussion breaks down myths of human trafficking

the Mid-Michigan human trafficking task force hosted a panel discussion at Heritage High School in Saginaw Wednesday evening. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

SAGINAW, Mich. - It's an effort to break down myths surrounding human trafficking and help people recognize what it really looks like.

This as the Mid-Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force hosted a panel discussion at Heritage High School in Saginaw Wednesday evening.

The goal of the forum was to spread awareness about both sex and labor trafficking.

"It is not just a big city problem and it's not an international problem it's happening right here in my backyard. We have victims that we see at underground railroad and we've heard of cases that law-enforcement has been working on so we know it's happening right here so we need to be aware," said Melissa Steiner of Underground Railroad.

"It's a big task, these are big cases that take a lot of time there's a lot of work and parts to these investigations, but using the public to help us identify these cases are billiard very valuable to her Michigan and Michigan State police and her other law-enforcement agencies,” said William Smith of the Michigan State Police.

The training tonight taught people how to recognize trafficking and how to help victims.

The Mid-Michigan Human Trafficing Task Force also maintains a Facebook page, where you can learn more about their efforts.

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