Local Activist Says Recent Human Trafficking Raid Not Surprising

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 5:07pm

EL PASO - Just days after a human trafficking raid in Juarez led to the arrest of three people, a local activist says trafficking as a huge problem in our society.

Joshua Rivera says he wasn't surprised to hear about the raid on bars and hotels in Juarez. Police found several people living as slaves including children.

Rivera says because we are an international border town, hundreds of people are trafficked through El Paso each year.

"It affects us as an economy as a city and we need to feel compelled as humans to do something about it," Rivers said.

He is organizing a benefit concert in September at the county coliseum. He hopes to raise awareness and money to fight human trafficking.

For more information on how you can help, you can contact the Salvation Army or call Rivera at 915-999-0920.

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