Leadership summit looks to curb sex trade in Kansas City

KMBZ News Staff
October 18, 2018 - 6:57 am

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Some community leaders in Kansas City are gathering information to help them develop strategies to fight prostitution and human trafficking, problems that have been with the city since its founding.

The two-day Leadership Summit is a part of a long-term effort to reduce victimization in the sex trade.

"We need to address all factors that drive people into prostitution in the first place, which is a big piece of our work," said Lucy Bloom, director of operations at Veronica's Voice. "It was what helped us figure out who to invite to this summit."

Summit organizers believe that reducing the sex trade will go a long way toward maintaining a healthy and prosperous community.

"This is our turn to do our best to protect the vulnerable and to hold accountable those who perpetrate crimes," Bloom said.

Veronica's Voice takes a two-prong approach in fighting commercial sexual exploitation by providing services to victims and by reducing demand through education and law enforcement.

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