Raising awareness of human trafficking

Staff Writer
The Examiner
A crowd of nearly 20 people braved a downpour to protest human trafficking on the Noland Road bridge, above Interstate 70, on Thursday. Many held signs to let drivers know of the cause, such as one that says 'Slavery Still Exists.' Many travelers got ample time to view the signs as an accident on I-70 east of Noland Road led to standstill traffic during rush hour. In April, Independence Police Department and Homeland Security arrested 24 people for prostitution and human trafficking in the city, focusing on hotels at the I-70/Noland Road intersection. One missing person and four human trafficking victims were located due to the two-day sting.