WOWT 6 News reported last week about concerns that prostitution and sex trafficking often increase near large sporting events.
Karon Osborne of Omaha said, "You really don't want to look because it looks so painful. You think of children who are being exploited, people who did not choose this lifestyle.”
Teri Kohl, with Heartland House of Prayer, said she found out about sex trafficking at major events while attending the Super Bowl and says she wondered if we have a similar problem here.
Kohl said, "Yes we do. Found out there was a task force that are in place that are investigating both on the Omaha and Council Bluffs side with the FBI task force and there is a problem.
“It’s an underground industry and very little is known.”
The Salvation Army’s Linda Burkle said, “Most of it is done through Internet contacts, escort services, massage parlors so it’s become much more underground. That is why it’s much harder for people to see that we have a problem here. But believe me we do.”
Sources say the covert crime is being addressed.
Burkle said, “It is one of the key objectives of the governor's task force that I sit on. So these operations are going on in Omaha now, absolutely.”
That inspired 10 Days of Prayer, to rescue those caught in the web of sex trafficking.
Burkle said recent changes in Nebraska law put more teeth into the prosecution of those involved in sex trafficking.