Local advocacy group raising awareness about human trafficking before NCAA tourney

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Unfortunately, it’s the ugly side of major sporting events.

“Anytime that you have a large group of predominately males attending events, there is always a heightened awareness of the concern for human trafficking,” says Diana Schunn, Executive Director of Sedgwick County Child Advocacy Center.

Schunn believes local law enforcement is prepared for an event the size of the NCAA tournament. Specifically, looking for high risk situations.

“They may have young girls hanging out in certain areas that are going in and out of hotel rooms,” Schunn explains.

Or on even larger platform.

“The largest majority of human trafficking happens via online,” Schunn says. “So certainly, in part of their preparation for the tournament, that would be something they (police) have also discussed as well.”

But officers can also get help from an untrained eye in the public.

“If you see someone walking into your hotel that doesn’t seem right or there is a situation that seems out of place or odd,” Schunn explains. “Maybe girls going in and out of room several times a night.”

And if you do think you see something that doesn’t feel right she says never approach the people or group.

“Call 911 right away.”

To find out more about what you need to look out for, you can call the Child Advocacy Center at 316-660-9494.

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