January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month and the Roseburg Zonta Club along with the Douglas County Human Trafficking Task Force have joined forces to help prevent trafficking in the county.
A release from Zonta said due to the proximity of most of the county’s schools to major human trafficking corridors like Interstate Five, and highways 38, 42 and 101, this area is highly vulnerable to trafficking. The release said right now there is no trafficking prevention curriculum being used in the schools. That has been noted by many teachers, parents, law enforcement officers, health care providers and social service providers. Groups have agreed that the county needs to implement a prevention program to educate teens.