|Published:||Jul 29, 2013 4:39 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 29, 2013 6:38 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - "It's such a difficult crime to investigate and to find victims because these victims, human trafficking is a hidden crime," said Nola Theiss.
Theiss, the Executive Director for Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, said it's her job to get the issue out of hiding.
"We do a lot of training in general to the general community and sometimes its hard to convince people that this could happen to their own kids and grandkids."
Theiss said the arrests from the FBI's Operation Cross Country 7 helps get the word out.
"I think stories like this make it easier for them to understand the need to do something about it."
But her agency doesn't just teach the parents and grandparents, but children as well.
"We feel strongly that if we can reach the kids with this information before the traffickers do, they have a chance of knowing what it is the traffickers will do to convince them that they can offer them something that is worth the risk."
Tice said for the traffickers, it's not about having power over those kids, but money.
"The traffickers are in it because they see it as a low risk, high profit crime. If you have 6 girls who are working everyday turning 10 tricks, which is actually a low number, a trafficker can make over two million dollars a year," said Theiss.