They could have water.”“It happens virtually anywhere,” said Stephen O’Meara, who is finishing year one as the first human trafficking coordinator in the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office.
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“We will give them some version of this care pack and it's full of donated hygiene products, feminine products.”SASA is a first-point-of-contact, a place to get help 24/7 for people escaping trafficking. It’s in Hastings, serving more rural counties.“I think that people are really surprised to know that this happens in Hastings, this happens in Adams, Clay, Nuckolls, Webster, Thayer, all our surrounding counties,” Manzer said.
Manzer said last year they worked with 14 sex trafficking victims. “What we're typically seeing are acquaintances, partners, prostituting out their intimate partner, most typically a male pimping out a female, though that's not always the case.
A recent report described the services landscape for trafficking victims as “bleak.” But there are special challenges in more rural areas, including front line agencies with limited resources and training.