PEORIA, Ill. — The Center for Prevention of Abuse (CFPA) offered training Tuesday morning to Illinois American Water employees on indicators of human trafficking.
The center says utility workers go into homes or buildings for their jobs, which means they are in a position to spot red flags or indicators of human trafficking.
The CFPA is the leading victim services agency within the Central Illinois human trafficking task force.
By getting local companies on board, they are helping combat the issue in the area.
“Utility workers are in a great position to be able to identify this crime within our local communities, so it’s really important that they have the tools and the information they need not only to identify the crime, but also to respond effectively to not only keep themselves safe, but also the victims safe.” said Sara Sefried, Director of Human Trafficking Services of CFPA.
Illinois American Water employees sat through an hour long slideshow. The company says this is just the next step to know what to look for while they are servicing Peoria.
“It was really eye-opening because I think most of us in the room missed those signs and immediately there’s an impact building that awareness of what to look for.” said Eric Larson, Superintendent of Field Operations of Illinois American Water.
All of CFPA’s services are free and confidential. The hotline is 24/7 and you can always call into their number at 1-800-559-7233 or head to their website: https://www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org/