The Conversation: Looking at human trafficking in Central New York

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - When we think of human trafficking, we typically picture foreign women and children being sold into a sex trade, but trafficking is happening right here in Central New York.

The opioid epidemic has certainly played a huge role in kids being trafficked in Onondaga County, according to senior ADA Jeremy Cali.

Cali says the traffickers may offer young people clothes, a place to stay and drugs and then will turn around and tell them that they have to work it off.

Colleen Merced, with the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center, says the organization doesn’t judge and that they aren’t asking the victim to stop right away, but they’re trying to show them a different way. 

Carrie Lazarus sits down with Cali and Merced for The Conversation to discuss the issue of child trafficking and what you can do to help.

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To find out what you can do to help trafficking victims, click here. 

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