7/6/07 -- Kansas City, MO - It can't happen here. New York or Los Angeles, sure, but not here in Kansas City. It only happens someplace else, right?
"Human trafficking is more prevalent in this region than most people know," said Janel D'Agata Lynch, program manager for community services at Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
"Local people were shocked when the news broke about the massage parlor raids in Overland Park, Kan., and earlier this year, the central Missouri boy who was found, along with a second boy, in the St. Louis area.
"Human trafficking is not always 'some place else,'" D'Agata Lynch said.