It’s a fact that can’t be ignored. Human trafficking does happen in Northeast Ohio.

And so, for the second year, WKYC will join with the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking to present an informational forum that will be live-streamed at 2 pm Monday, Jan. 28.

The discussion will be broadcast live via and Facebook Live. Click here on Jan. 28 to access it. 

Last year, the live-stream was viewed by more than 10,000 people, including the staff of Sen. Rob Portman, who has worked to enact federal laws to shut down traffickers.

WKYC’s senior health correspondent Monica Robins will moderate the conversation with local experts. The goal, she says, is to educate viewers about how to be vigilant against human trafficking, by knowing what to watch for and what questions to ask.  

Robins will also interview a human trafficking survivor and share advice to keep others from being lured in by traffickers.

The event is the eighth annual awareness program coordinated by the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking. The Collaborative works with partners in law enforcement, business and social services to provide a safety net for those affected by this crime.