Winston-Dillard School District seeks to prevent human trafficking

Members of the task force say they’re focused making sure educators have this knowledge before going into the school year because they say youth are most likely to get trafficked, especially in a rural area along I-5.

Posted: Sep 5, 2019 6:51 PM

WINSTON, Ore. -- The Winston-Dillard School District is making sure their entire staff knows how to recognize the signs of human trafficking in students.

The district is partnering with the Douglas County Human Trafficking Task Force, an organization that aims to educate about and provide resources to prevent human trafficking in Douglas County.

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Members of the task force say they’re focused on making sure educators have this knowledge before going into the school year because they say youth are most likely to get trafficked, especially in a rural area along Interstate 5.

“It is happening in our community,” says Marion Kotowski from the Douglas County Human Trafficking Task Force. “We need to be really diligent about recognizing what that looks like and knowing how to report it.”

Kotowski says the Winston-Dillard School District is the first in the area to have all their students and staff trained on the topic.
She also says they hope to expand their curriculum to other school districts in the area and narrow the information down for parents and students too.

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