OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – January is the national month for the prevention of human trafficking. Today Omaha Crime Stoppers announced a new program at Omaha Police Department to combat just that.
“Omaha Crime Stoppers has established an expanded rewards fund that provides a $ 10,000 reward for information that leads directly to an arrest and sex trafficking charge,” said Eric Bildt, president, chief executive officer of Omaha Crime Stoppers.
In partnership with OPD and the Omaha Freedom of Violence Program Women’s Fund, they hope the reward will make the city a safer place.
“This is a significant amount of money and we hope it will motivate people to share information about sex trafficking in the metropolitan area,” said Eric.
Christon Mactaggart says supporting survivors is vital and communities are safer when people who feel supported come forward to report crimes.
“This support goes one step further. It continues to hit them where they are, provides an economic incentive and allows them to manage their safety in confidence, ”said Christon Mactaggart, program director for nonviolence.
In an attempt to stop the sex trafficking in Omaha, officials say it is important to look at the bigger picture.
“Human trafficking doesn’t exist in a box. It is linked to other types of violence, and particularly other types of violence such as sexual violence and domestic violence. When we talk about prevention, we really have to talk about prevention from a really broad perspective around all of these things, ”Christon said.
Omaha Crime Stoppers tips are available 24/7 at 402-444-7867.
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