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Century Holds First School Presentation in ND on Human Trafficking


Sadly, human trafficking is becoming a bigger issue in North Dakota.

Century High School in Bismarck gets to hear about the impact of this crime, first-hand.

Free International ND and Century's Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter host a 3-D multimedia presentation on human trafficking.

It's called "Say Something."

Donna Steckler, a member of Free International ND says one out of three girls and one out of five boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18.

And with the growing population of North Dakota, she says it's important to start educating students.

"It's getting larger by the moment. As you can see in the news it's everywhere in communities around us. Trafficked victims are being transported across the borders along I-94 and taken up deserted roads on to the oil fields," says Donna Steckler, Member of FIND.

The average age a child is taken into trafficking is 13.

This was the case for Tekla Roberts.

After experiencing many years of prostitution, she chose to provide a better life for herself and her daughter.

"I'm passionate. I wouldn't change my life for anything in the world. You know, if I were given the chance to change it, to do things differently, I wouldn't. But I'll fight for the rest of my life to prevent another girl from going down that same route," says Tekla Roberts, Survivor of Human Trafficking.

There will also be a presentation open to the public this evening at 6:30pm at Horizon Middle School.

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