Marion PD to Hold Trafficking Discussion

MARION, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The Marion Police Department will host a presentation on human trafficking Thursday, August 30 with Gretchen Brown-Waech, human trafficking coordinator with the Crime Victims Assistance Division of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

The presentation, “Human Trafficking; It’s Not Like the Movies”, focuses on what to look for and how to help.

“Most people have an idea of what human trafficking is and isn’t,” Brown-Waech said in a written statement. “However, many of those ideas are influenced by media and may lead us to overlook actual signs of human trafficking.”

Brown-Waech will discuss the 5 Ws of human trafficking: what it is, who it happens to, where it happens, why it happens and when it happens. She also shares insight into how everyone can work together as a community to prevent it and help survivors.

Corporal James Hancox of the Marion Police Department will also present.

“As Iowans, there is heightened fear and anxiety surrounding abduction and human trafficking,” said Hancox in a written statement. “This presentation is part of a multi-faceted approach to help educate and empower residents with the facts associated with this type of criminal activity.”

The presentation is appropriate for anyone over the age of 14. It will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the training center of the Marion Police Department located at 6315 Hwy 151.

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