NHS students learn more about sex trafficking

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Sex trafficking is a major issue in Central Nebraska, and a group of students at Grand Island Senior High want to do something about it.

About 80 students with the school's National Honor Society met up at the National Guard Armory to do just that.

They listened to a speaker with the Set Me Free Project talk about warning signs of sex trafficking and how to spot that someone is being trafficked.

"It's almost just to become aware of how it's happening and where it's happening," said Shannon Woodward, a senior NHS member. "It's in our community. We have high schools, and middle schools and elementary schools, and just trying to keep everybody safe and aware of what's happening and what's going on."

The speaker also discussed what consent is, as well as the dangers of social media and how predators can often find vulnerable people online.

Woodward said the issue of sex trafficking has become a theme during their NHS meetings.

She said the members are passionate about the issue, and want to do more to stop it and educate other students.

"No one ever really knows. They don't think it's in their community, and they don't think it's in their state. But as soon as you actually talk about it, you become aware of just how it can happen to anybody, especially children and teenagers," Woodward said.