Events Sheds Light on Human Trafficking in the Rockaways

Members of a local community came together over the weekend to bring attention to human trafficking in their neighborhood.

The groups "Xtreme Measures" and "Culinary Kids" held a screening of the documentary Not My Life in the Rockaways Saturday. It's all part of an effort by the organizations to raise awareness about human trafficking and domestic violence on the peninsula.

A representative from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and officers from the NYPD’s 101 Precinct were also on hand to provide information on how to spot and report human trafficking. Organizers and residents say it's time to bring these issues to light.

“About a year ago, they had actually found a human trafficking ring right over where we live,” said Theresa Racine, founder of Xtreme Measures.

“It might not be visible when you're taking a subway ride, but it's there. I guess that's what's so troubling about it,” said Shehab Chowdhury of UNICEF.

It's an issue that hits home on the peninsula. Three men were indicted for Sex Trafficking in Far Rockaway back in December of 2014.

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