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Support groups help sex trafficking survivors in Amarillo during recovery process

In our continued series about sex trafficking around the state and the strides being made in order to help it's survivors, we now dive into the Amarillo area. News 4's Delaine Mathieu takes a look at how Amarillo's unique position puts them on the cutting edge in the fight against sex trafficking.

Crucial legislation that would help victims of human trafficking, Senate Bill 1165 would give leniency to sex trafficking victims charged with crimes like prostitution. The bill has passed the House and is currently being considered in a Senate Committee.

In our continued series about sex trafficking around the state and the strides being made in order to help it's survivors, we now dive into the Amarillo area. News 4's Delaine Mathieu takes a look at how Amarillo's unique position puts them on the cutting edge in the fight against sex trafficking.

"The transition from New Mexico to Colorado to all those states can be very quick for a trafficking to have access to," said Brandi Reed with Family Support Services.

A coalition of groups in Amarillo lead the charge when it comes to fighting sex trafficking. Everything from the latest techniques to helping survivors to pushing the boundaries of prevention methods.

"Some of the curriculums that we are using, a lot of communities don't allow into their school district, like bodies are not commodities, love it not a number, those kind of trainings for youth who are at risk," Reed said.

Family Support Services provides educational programs for girls and teens as well as trauma-focused counseling services.

One survivor is rebuilding her life in Amarillo, but some scars may never heal.

"They like us to stay where we are at, beaten down, naive, you know, they just like us that way, we are easier to manipulate, we are easier to keep in the game," the survivor said.

A new organization, No Boundaries International, just opened a chapter in Amarillo in the last year. The group specifically handles human trafficking, allowing them to address the issue from many different perspectives.

In addition to prevention and victim services, the group has a unique course for those who might pay for sex from trafficked victims.

"We have started a John school, so that will help those who are addicted to pornography, have a sexual addition, something like that , they will be able to come and get help and get that restoration," said Traci Rogers, Amarillo director with No Boundaries International.

Tomorrow, we will look at the new ways Beaumont is tackling the problem of online recruitment of victims.

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