CHARLES CITY, Iowa - Human trafficking is a big problem across the United States, and Iowa and Minnesota are not immune.
According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Iowa has had 271 cases since 2007, while Minnesota has had 382 in that same time frame.
At the Charles City Rotary Club meeting at the Elks Lodge, Crisis Intervention Services advocate Cathi Currier hosted a trafficking seminar to bring attention to the problem.
Currier shared that trafficking is no longer being done under cover, but out in the open.
"The internet...the internet is a big thing. Social media is kind of where they can groom or entrap kids and adults," Currier says.
So what can the public do to avoid being trafficked?
"Talk to somebody if you're being approached by an individual, don't friend people that you don't personally know on social media," Currier adds.
If you or someone you know has been affected by trafficking, call Crisis Intervention Service's 24-hour hotline at 855-424-9133, or cishelps.org, or contact the Iowa Victim Services Call Center at 1-800-770-1650, or at www.survivorshelpline.org.