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The Center for Combating Human Trafficking / Wichita State University

The Center for Combating Human Trafficking at Wichita State University will host an event Thursday focusing on the criminalization of individuals who have survived sex trafficking.

The center’s “Love Not Lockup” event will feature a showing of the documentary "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story" by Dan Birman. Cyntoia Brown was arrested for the 2004 murder of a 43-year-old man. Brown, who was 16 at the time, was forced into prostitution and the man had solicited her for sex. She was given a life sentence.

Six children were recovered, and one suspect was arrested in Kansas during a nationwide sex trafficking sting that took place earlier this month.

Kansas' attorney general says the U.S. Department of justice has identified Kansas as a state of origination for victims of human trafficking. Derek Schmidt is continuing his fight to address the issue with more proposed legislation.


Kansas has been given a grade of "B" for legislative laws regarding the sex trafficking of minors. The grade has risen over the past several years.

In 2011, Kansas had a score of "F" from Shared Hope, an international victim advocacy group. The group monitors all 50 states on laws that help to prevent child sex trafficking and punish offenders.

Several Wichita food trucks are hosting an event Saturday to collect supplies for a local organization that works to end human trafficking.

ICT SOS is collecting a variety of bags packed with basic items such as toiletries, clothes and books, to give to agencies that serve at-risk youth. The “fresh start bags” will go to young victims and survivors of trafficking and abuse.

The organization says when local agencies come into contact with victims and survivors of trafficking and abuse, they’re often in need of basic necessities.


Acting U.S. Attorney for Kansas Tom Beall, along with the Riley County Attorney's Office, the Kansas Attorney General's Office and the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, is sponsoring a conference on human trafficking on Tuesday.


Sex trafficking is big business and it's become a big problem in Kansas. Every day, women and children are held captive -- usually through coercion -- and forced into prostitution. It happens at truck stops, motels and dozens of other places.

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Wichita City Council members are considering an ordinance that looks to end human trafficking and sex crimes within local massage parlors.

The Wichita Police Department reports that there have been more than 30 massage businesses investigated in the last two years, which have produced 33 arrests for human trafficking and other sex crimes.

Kansas is one of only five states where a license isn’t required to operate a massage business. Captain Kevin Mears of the Wichita Police Department says this lack of regulation is enticing to human traffickers.

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Last week, Gov. Sam Brownback proclaimed January to be Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Brownback was joined by Attorney General Derek Schmidt as well as representatives from the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Environment. All of the state agencies, along with the Department for Children and Families and the Department of Corrections, are working together to educate Kansans about the presence of human trafficking. That includes what to look for and how to report suspected human trafficking.

Center for Combating Human Trafficking

Last month, FBI officials recovered four underage victims and arrested eight pimps as part of a nationwide human trafficking sting. According to the FBI, the child recoveries took place within Wichita and the greater Kansas City area.