Nebraskans take stand against human trafficking

By: Lauren Fabrizi

Nearly 50 people gathered at the State Capitol Sunday in observance of International Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

Several local and state organizations, along with Senators Patty Pansing Brooks and Adam Morfeld were there. Human trafficking survivor Rachel Davis Pointer shared her story.

“I took several years before I could even come to terms with the fact I was human trafficked in the first place,” Pointer said. “That I was exploited, that what happened was something that happened to me not because of something I chose.”

“The extent of human trafficking is not known and has been very difficult to assess,” Sen. Pansing Brooks of Lincoln said. “The challenge before us is to continue to fight this hideous criminal industry.”

The group also walked around the Capitol. It’s lit up in blue for the cause.

Gov. Pete Ricketts will proclaim January Human Trafficking Awareness Month on Wednesday.