CLEVELAND — For the second year, WKYC partnered with the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking to raise local awareness about human trafficking.

WKYC presented the eighth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Program on Monday at 2 p.m., bringing in experts to talk about this crime which is “hidden in plain sight.”

Senior health correspondent Monica Robins moderated the conversation, which was streamed live from WKYC's studios at 2 p.m.

You can watch it again below:

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A highlight of this year’s panel were the personal stories shared by two human trafficking survivors, who will talk about how they came to be victimized and discuss their journey to safety and healing.

One of those survivors, Tenisha Gant Watson, is the founder of the Jordan Community Resource Center. She used her own experiences to create the organization, which provides shelter, mentoring and life skills training to women who has been trafficked.

Other panelists included:

  • Det. Sgt. James Mackey, assistant director of the Cuyahoga Regional Human Trafficking Task Force.
  • Karen McHenry, director of Bellefaire JCB’s Homeles and Missing Youth Program.
  • Dr. Martina Moore, president and CEO of Moore Counseling and Mediation Services Inc.
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