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Arroyo Grande hosts Human Trafficking seminar

Event aimed to raise community awareness on topic

Church hosts human trafficking...

ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. - Over 125 people packed the gymnasium at Grace Bible Church in Arroyo Grande Sunday afternoon to learn more about an all too common subject happening on a daily basis in the Central Coast, Human trafficking.

In January, six men were arrested in Santa Barbara County as part of a massive statewide operation to crack down on sex trafficking.

Human sex trafficking is said to be the second most profitable illegal business in the world behind drugs.

Kathy Curtis is part of a team at Grace Bible Church who helped put Sunday's event together, and the first of many more seminars to follow.

"We're actually teaching them a lot about human trafficking and what happens here on the central coast," said Curtis.

After a short presentation and documentary, a panel of experts and law enforcement professionals from across the area took tough questions. One law enforcement official described a recent case involving two 15-year-old girls who were trafficked by four men for months before being caught.

The Center for Public Policy believes an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 children are being prostituted in the U.S. The group also hopes to bring attention to the need for foster families.

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