In an effort to raise awareness of the child and human sex trafficking trade, the Brown County Community Resource Coordinating Group will host a presentation with Traffick911, a Fort Worth based group dedicated to stopping the sale of American children into sexual slavery.

“While I’ve thought that child-sex trafficking is something that happens only in big cities, I was wrong,” said Bob Contreras, co-chair of the Brown County CRCG. “Ms. Graves will give us a brief overview during our meeting and is willing to schedule four-hour group trainings for organizations, along with CEUs, for those who are interested.”

Deena Graves, executive director of Traffick911, will present the one-hour program at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Family Services Center, located at 901 Avenue B. An additional four-hour training course will also be offered with a continuing education credit.

According to Traffick911’s website, human trafficking is the fastest-growing crime in the world, with the perpetrators making $32 billion a year buying and selling people for their profit and pleasure. The profits are huge and the risk of being prosecuted are slim — the United Nations says 99 percent of victims are never rescued. The average life expectancy for a child forced into sexual slavery is seven years.

For more information about Traffick911 or ways to help, visit the organization’s website at or visit their Facebook at