RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- There is another threat to talk about; one that hits close to home and is especially important for parents. It is a campaign designed to raise awareness about "sex trafficking."
It is a growing problem that targets children in our own community. The predators behind this target children with an average of 12-14 years old.
The documentary "Trafficked No More" will air exclusively in Northern Nevada on News 4 next Wednesday, and it will provide parents and kids with the tools they need to protect against predators. It explains how children are recruited and how they become trapped in a life of emotional, physical and sexual abuse. It details the real life situations of those who have been trapped and essentially sold as "sex slaves", in what has become a burgeoning, underground "sex for sale" industry.
If you think it only happens in big cities or foreign countries, you would be wrong. The documentary shows it is happening in our own community, and according to Sargeant Ron Chalmers of the Reno Police Department's Street Enforcement Team, the problem is growing.
"It shows that there is in fact a problem. When I first took over this team and I was first involved in sex trafficking, I remember thinking it happened in foreign countries and not here in Reno. I have been a police officer for over 19 years now and it is a significant problem."
Chambers said criminals are hoping the public does not watch. "The exploiters, the pimps, they do not want you to watch this. Because it is going to reveal, it is going to pull the covers on their tactics, on their schemes, how they manipulate."
The awareness campaign kicked off with a news conference on Wednesday. The film was made possible through the efforts of a coalition of non-profits, houses of worship, and service organizations.
"We are encouraging non-profits, churches and families to host a watch party," Pastor Tony Martinez said. "Take a good look at it, and learn how to protect their own family."
You may want to mark your calendar or set your DVR, so you and your children can watch "Trafficked No More." It will air on Wednesday, January 22nd at 7:30 p.m., exclusively on News 4.