Haliburton’s MPP wants people to understand human trafficking is a growing problem.

Laurie Scott, the Queen’s Park representative for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, is encouraging people to head to Norland United Church for a seminar on the realities of Human Trafficking.

Scott tells MyHaliburtonNow.com the seminar is happening tomorrow from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, and it is being put on by herself,  and the Kawartha-Haliburton Victim Services.

According to Scott, the Norland Community had asked the MPP to try and raise awareness about the issue and how it is entirely possible and happening in rural communities. Scott says the keynote speaker is Karly Church, who is in her twenties and was a victim of trafficking earlier in life.

Trying to emphasize the importance of hearing what Karley has to say, Scott says ” that is who you want to hear, you wanna hear someone who has unfortunately experienced the horrific sexual exploitation as a young girl and now she’s still just in her early twenties, but how she describes being lured in to being sex trafficked, how she was treated horribly, and the people that helped her. And I think that’s the kind of story that you never forget when you hear.”

Scott says this seminar is important because it will highlight how prevalent sex trafficking is, and how it is growing in rural communities. Scott, the longtime advocate for trafficking awareness, says “it is easier to lure our children and exploit them, even in our own areas.”

“There are hundreds of victims just out of our victim services in Haliburton and Kawartha,” says Scott who goes on to say “we all have a part in helping these victims.