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NRG park employees get training to spot sex trafficking victims

The push comes after a Dallas-area teen was taken by a sex trafficker whereas at a Mavericks recreation along with her father.

HOUSTON — On the heels of a sex trafficking rescue involving a North Texas teen, a Houston group is upping its schooling for occasion staff and legislation enforcement.

A 15-year-old woman went lacking in April whereas attending a Dallas Mavericks recreation.

The father of that woman is threatening to sue the Dallas Mavericks and American Airlines Center, claiming they may have prevented the state of affairs.

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“She was gone, missing a total of 11 days,” stated the household’s lawyer, Zeke Fortenberry.

The lawyer stated the person seen leaving the sport with the woman on surveillance video received into the sport with a pretend ticket. He stated Dallas police did little to assist.

The Houston-based Texas Counter-Trafficking Initiative received concerned, and utilizing facial-recognition know-how, discovered the teenager in Oklahoma City.

A consultant from the group together with members of No Trafficking Zone met with NRG officers at NRG Park Thursday to talk about methods staff and legislation enforcement can intervene and determine instances of sex trafficking.

“While we can’t stop all of it, the amount that we can stop saves lives,” stated Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation board member Dr. James Dixon. “What we’ve done here is train the employees so they’ve now become eyes and ears.”

“When a child walks into a Mavericks game, goes to the restroom and then is gone missing, that child will never be the same,” stated Arrow Child and Family Ministries Relations Director Debbi Tengler.

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Tengler stated sure clues may help these on the surface determine victims, however she additionally says there are issues dad and mom can do to presumably forestall it from taking place within the first place.

She stated dad and mom ought to know every little thing their youngsters see, ship and obtain by means of their technological gadgets.

“Canopy.us is a technology actually developed right here out of Houston, Texas, that allows you to load it onto any technology they have. There is a fee involved with it, but it will not allow commercially sexually explicit material to come in or to go out,” Tengler stated.

She stated sex trafficking begins at a baby’s residence and many of the dad and mom do not know.

“Predators are coming into our children’s bedrooms without even getting onto the property,” Tengler stated.

Arrow Child and Family Ministries offers foster care placement for little one victims of sex trafficking, matching them with certified and educated households. If you want to to suggest somebody to this system or would love to be a foster mother or father, you’ll find that info on its web site, www.arrow.org

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