PIKEVILLE, Ky. (MTN) — Community members gathered at the Pikeville City Park over the weekend for an event to bring awareness to child and human trafficking.
Organizers say that this public event was to speak out and be a voice for those whose cries are never heard.
“People need to think that these are innocents…they don’t choose this, if we don’t speak out for them, then who will,” says event organizer Cambria Smith.
The number of supporters was meager, but as the day went on, more and more turned out to show their support. Pastor Richard McKinney says that human trafficking is something that is very real in our area and it’s hard to detect because it’s a “covert operation”.
“…even though we are in a small town, we still have big-city problems,” states McKinney.
If you or someone you know has any information on whether a child has or is in danger of being sexually/physically abused, contact your local authorities.