Rifle hosts human trafficking summit

RIFLE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Law enforcement officials from around the Western Slope met up in Rifle to talk about ways to address human trafficking.

Rifle City Prosecutor Angela Roff and the Rifle Police Department hosted the 2019 Western Slope Human Trafficking Summit, to educate law enforcement officers and the public on how to identify and stop human trafficking.

Speakers talked at length about how predators target younger people and teenagers through social media, and try to manipulate younger minds.

One woman said she has her own human trafficking story, and says sometimes, it's a victim's family members that are doing the trafficking.

"Mine started at such a young age, at the age of five, and I can't' say, I just knew that I didn't like what was happening. And I had a hard time, the way I say it is, that was when the ground shifted underneath my feet, and I didn't feel stable anymore, and I didn't know what to expect day today," said human trafficking survivor, Angela Rae Clark.

Sex trafficking is the number one form of human trafficking that happens in the state.

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