Human trafficking expert shares tips with Topeka YWCA for identifying potential victims

CHRIS NEAL/THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL Dr. Sharon Sullivan discusses problems with human trafficking in Kansas during a network luncheon at the YWCA Wednesday afternoon.

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Dr. Sharon Sullivan discusses problems with human trafficking in Kansas during a network luncheon at the YWCA Wednesday afternoon.

Sex trafficking victims often display extremely inappropriate sexual behaviors, particularly for their age, expert Sharon Sullivan said Wednesday.

Other signs that someone might be a victim of such trafficking include their use of multiple cellphones; the presence of clothes, jewelry or handbags the person is unlikely to be able to afford; and the presence of tattoos that might “brand” the victim as belonging to a trafficker, Sullivan said at the Summer YWCA Network Luncheon.

She urged anyone who sees potential signs of human trafficking to report them to Topeka police or call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at (888) 373-7888.

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