Local group gathers to discuss human trafficking

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A local organization gathered community leaders and residents in an east Wichita cafe to discuss how human trafficking impacts the city.

Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm works for the Center for Combating Human Trafficking at Wichita State and she said most residents wouldn't think Wichita has a trafficking problem.

"It's important that we stop and take time to think critically about these issues and talk about how can we come together, " she said.

Wichita City Council, Brandon Johnson also believes more discussions need to be had.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the work we can get done, bringing some of the issues back to the council and see how we can address them as a city council," Johnson said.

Countryman-Roswurm went on to say how trafficked victims should come forward to get help at the center.

"You are not broken, you are not damaged," Country-Roswurm said.  "There's a community that welcomes you. You have a place even at Wichita State University with our Pathway to Prosperity program and we want to see you step into the identity that you are created to have. You are not broken, you can be a full and prosperous person." 

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