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Three Lakes community talks human trafficking Submitted: 11/13/2017
Story By Allie Herrera

Three Lakes community talks human trafficking
THREE LAKES - Sex trafficking can happen anywhere. That's the message two Three Lakes advocates want people to understand.

Jean and Butch Fitzpatrick fight human trafficking through a group called Shared Hope International.

Monday, they set up a booth at Three Lakes High School during parent-teacher night.



"What we try to do is highlight that in fact human trafficking for sexual exploitation does happen unfortunately and then what people can do about it once they recognize it," said Shared Hope International Defender Butch Fitzpatrick. 

The Fitzpatricks have also made presentations inside classrooms at Three Lakes High School. They say it's nice to see schools wanting to educate students about the problem.

"There's a lot of places that kids can go now without even leaving the home, and we want parents to have as much information as we can about internet safety, conversations, chat rooms, telephones," said Principal Gene Welhoefer. "So the more information the better."

"We just really are thankful for anywhere we can get our foot in the door to present this topic," said Jean.
The Fitzpatricks say educating people is very important. They've made it their mission to bring human trafficking to light.

"Human trafficking is not just a Third World problem or an urban problem," Welhoefer said. "It can happen anywhere. It could be neighbors. It could be family friends. So it's something that we want to get awareness out on."

The Fitzpatricks travel all over the state and give presentations. They say education is very important in the fight against human trafficking.


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