Human Trafficking Forum At City Hall
Westerville Police held its first Human Trafficking Forum Monday night in city council chambers. The program was led by Police Chief Joe Morbitzer.
Marlene Carson, a survivor of human trafficking, was the first speaker. She used her time to detail her experience as a teenager being trapped in human trafficking and how her escape led her to help others.
Also speaking was Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Paul Herbert who described his experiences after he recognized a majority of the women charged with prostitution in his court were victims of human trafficking. He helped start C.A.T.C.H., a new court system that also treats prostitutes as victims and not just criminals.
Bryttani Barker and Quincy Brooks of the Salvation Army explained how the service organization helps run an assistance program for people trapped in human trafficking and assist them in recovering their identity and lives.
The forum was recorded and may be viewed at Westerville.tv.