CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - It's something you don't want to think about happening in your city but an estimated 25 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery known as human trafficking.
Chuck Myers will never forget getting a call from his 15 year old daughter after she was approached by a stranger.
“The first thing I thought was “Taken”, Liam Nelson, so when this came up with Libby we knew we were going to that,” Myers said.
Myers describes being at the movie theater last Thursday. His daughter called while she was at target saying a man asked her to touch a napkin he was holding. Myers got there in less than two minutes telling a manager and police the story.
“Fear and rage all at the same time I got to get to her, protect her, who is the guy what is he doing, is he just a weirdo, is he dangerous, it was scary,” Myers said.
Human trafficking came to Myers’ mind. Luckily he found out from police this wasn't the case but now Myers says he realizes trafficking could happen in our area and wants to know how he can help stop it. That’s why he's attending Clear Lake's human trafficking awareness and prevention program saying after his incident he's not questioning if it could happen.
“You could, right at the gas station they could snag your girl and be gone in a minute,” Myers said.
In Iowa, nearly 1,500 tips on human trafficking have been reported since 2007 to 2017. In Minnesota that number sits at nearly 1,600 tips according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
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