Groups Raise Awareness in Staunton about Human Trafficking

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Groups in the Valley came together Sunday in Staunton to raise awareness about human trafficking. Student organizers and a detective were among those who talked about trafficking happening in the Valley.

Detective Caleb Spence with the Augusta County Sheriff's Office said that at a recent sting operation, detectives posed as a man who was going to sell a ten year old for sex online led to several arrests in Virginia.

Student organizers from Robert E. Lee High School say knowing it's real helped spark the event.

"Knowing that it's just, it's right here, it kind of scared us," said Andrea Courtney, senior at R. E. Lee High School.

"Well definitely be careful who you talk to on a daily basis, via social media and other websites like that," said Selena Tarullo, senior at R. E. Lee High School.

People went through booths defining human trafficking and spoke with Arbor, a group that helps foreign women who have been victimized by sex trafficking.


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