Leaders of one group call the combination of gangs and sex for sale a growing issue in Eastern Carolina. Satruday they gathered to raise awareness about human trafficking.
Dozens of people marched at the Greenville town common. They say the sale of human beings is happening here at home and across the globe.
This was the 3rd annual walk. Founders of Eastern North Carolina's Stop Human Trafficking Now say gangs in Pitt County are part of the problem.
Pam Strickland, says, “Across the county gangs are getting more and more into prostitution and therefore into sex trafficking. So one of the things our group is trying to do is go around and educate the community, our students as well as their parents, that not only are gangs bad for violence in general and drugs and that kind of thing but that they do very often have prostitution as one of their profit centers."
Steve Harding says, "The communities that we are in, the remoteness of some areas makes it easy for trafficking to happen and so there are a lot of victims in this area.”
Another way the group helps is by selling goods made in countries where trafficking is prevalent. Supporting jobs in those countries helps people become less likely to become victims.