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"It happens in places that people think you're safe, and you're really not," said a sexual victim who wanted conceal her identity. "It happens in places that people think you're safe, and you're really not," said a sexual victim who wanted conceal her identity.
Mid-Southerners will come together Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1 to take action against human trafficking and child exploitation. Mid-Southerners will come together Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1 to take action against human trafficking and child exploitation.
SOUTHAVEN, MS -

(WMC-TV) - Mid-Southerners will come together Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1 to take action against human trafficking and child exploitation.

Former law enforcement officers and community advocates will educate the public and hold workshops at a conference in Southaven, Mississippi.

Groups will discuss problems that exist in and around the Memphis area. They will talk about what to watch for and how to help.

"It happens in places that people think you're safe, and you're really not," said a sexual victim who wanted conceal her identity.

When she was just a teenager, the victim was sexually abused in her own home by someone she trusted.

"They always kind of trick you in, like they really do care about you, and then it changes. All they care about is basically pleasing their self," she said. "There becomes a mindset that this is how I have to survive."

A C Curtis is the Engaged Conference organizer.

"What we're hoping is families get the idea, get the inspiration to say,'We'll open up our home even to help bring in children that are missing and exploited, " he said.

The Action News 5 newsroom receives reports of runaway children every day. Experts say they are easy targets for predators who try to lure them with money, shelter, and companionship. One victim said they often end out on the streets.

Victims say community involvement is important, because they live in fear of speaking out. With more people aware and willing to help, perhaps there will be a new place to turn.

"That's what I've had to learn, to really trust people, and really allow myself to be loved," said the unidentified abuse victim.

There are seminars and workshops tomorrow evening and Saturday at Getwell United Methodist Church in Southaven. It is free. Read more about registration in the following links:

http://www.getwellroad.org/Home/EngagedConference2014Registration.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/events/704408889569840/

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