LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) --
An effort to educate the community about the warning signs of human sex trafficking are planned for the Las Vegas community.
"Trafficked No More" ran on all television stations in Nevada on Wednesday evening in an effort to make the community aware of the problem. Nearly 190,000 households turned into the 30-minute documentary, according to television ratings.
Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo said the documentary has already been successful - some suspects have been reported to Metro.
A prayer breakfast of government, law enforcement and faith leaders on Saturday morning outlined the next steps in the effort to spread the information about the issue.
"We have a very busy February ahead of us," East Vegas Christian Center Pastor Troy Martinez told News 3. "We are printing an educational handout titled "Trafficked No More: 7 Things We Need to Talk About."
Martinez said the issue of human sex trafficking is one of the most serious issues facing the community, and several resources are needed to tackle it.
“We can’t do it without our law enforcement, the pastor, the police, and the politician" he said to News 3.
Martinez said Metro will conduct training for interested people during February through the Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force. The effort is to train people to be public speakers so they can spread the word to more organizations and individuals.
Two of the seven subjects covered in the educational material include reporting assaults and the link between runaways and sex trafficking.
"Two of the major problems are victims not reporting assaults and the strong link between runaways and sex trafficking," Martinez said. "We need to educate the community of the signs to watch for when it comes to sex trafficking."
Martinez said people can get more information at http://traffickednomore.org/
The prayer breakfast is part of a community-wide effort to improve the city. It is held twice a year to update local leaders on progress and needs. Representatives from 65 organizations attended the breakfast at the East Las VEgas Community Center.