Jennifer: a state legislator is hoping to raise awareness about human trafficking while at the same time saving lives.
Good evening, i'm jennifer kielman.
David: good to have you along, i'm david oliver.
A new missouri house bill would require signage to be hung in certain businesses offering options to those caught in the human traffic cycle.
Jennifer: our collin lingo spoke to the bill's sponsor and one local outreach volunteer to see where the ozarks stands on this piece of legislation.
Collin: jennifer and david, human trafficking is very hard to talk about.
For many that might be because its such a hidden and often unnoticed problem.
What those behind this house bill are hoping though is that the legislation will open up new ways to reach out to those affected.
Adam mcclendon, pastor/volunteer: "regardless of race, gender or socio economic status, i believe lives matter."
For springhill baptist church pastor adam mcclendon it was his faith that first led him to start fighting local human trafficking.
Adam mcclendon, pastor/volunteer: "i began doing more sexual addiction counseling.
That sort of became a segway into this."
Along with pastoring his church, mcclendon now volunteers for a human trafficking outreach center called go 61.
Adam mcclendon, pastor/volunteer: "they bring awareness of the problem.
They also want to fight the problem and make sure it isn't perpetuated.
They're also interested in rescuing people out of human trafficking."
It's a passion he shares with state representative cloria brown.
Cloria brown: "you never know.
It could be your child or your grandchild.
This legislative session, representative brown is sponsoring house bill 261 state rep.
Cloria brown: "it was the result of a task force i was on for human trafficking."
If passed, the bill would require certain businesses like hotels, strip clubs and other sex related businesses to hang posters- advertising the national human trafficking hotline.
Kent boyd, sgf/branson airport: "it's going to happen in trucks and cars on i-44."
The bill would also require transportation hubs like airports, train stations and even truck stops to hang the posters.
Kent boyd, sgf/branson airport: "air travel is probably not the way a lot of sex trafficking goes on."
While kent boyd with the springfield branson airport says he doesn't necessarily think human traffickers frequent the skies.
Kent boyd, sgf/branson airport: "number one you have to have a lot of id to fly.
Number two it's very expensive."
He says anything to raise awareness for such a serious issue will be welcomed by the airport.
Kent boyd, sgf/branson airport: "i don't think it's a bad idea.
The airport will certainly do it.
The more the word can get out the better."
Meanwhile representative brown is hoping the rest of our state's legislature will be just as on board.
Cloria brown: "it's one of my passions."
And mcclendon is right behind her-- praying for success with this bill..
Adam mcclendon, pastor/volunteer "this bill is just one component of addressing a very large problem that a lot don't realize is here in missouri."
And other efforts to come.
Adam mcclendon, pastor/volunteer "it's a good step but it's not the final step."
Collin: now according to the bill the posters would need to be hung in plain sight in common areas like either the entry way of the building or