By Richard Freedman
There were about the same number experts in the anti-human trafficking field on stage as there were citizens in the audience Thursday night at First Baptist Church in downtown Vallejo.
No matter, said Mayor Bob Sampayan. “We’re starting off small and moving this forward. I don’t see solutions tonight. It’s us getting the message out that we’re looking at it as a national and local issue that needs to be addressed.”
“I would have liked to have seen more community participation, but, overall, I was pleased with the event,” Sampayan added. “It was a good discussion with the panelists … human trafficking is not something we can sweep under the rug and hope that it goes away. We need to educate parents about how child human trafficking starts and how they can learn of the danger signs. We need to talk about this more and I hope that the conversation continues.”