Conference shines light on sex trafficking in Alaska

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Ivory Garden, a non-profit that works to support survivors of childhood trauma held a conference in Anchorage Saturday.

The Trauma and Dissociation Conference focused on bringing awareness to and understanding the complexity of human trafficking in Alaska.

Jerome Elam, President of Trafficking in American Task Force says some of the trauma symptoms of a victim include depression, emotionally numb, and anti-social or risk-taking behavior.

Elam says sex trafficking is increasing across the nation. "The average age of a trafficked child was between 10 and 12-years-old, today the average age for a trafficked child is about 8," said Elam.

Elam says he is a survivor of sex trafficking and works to raise awareness about the serious issue.

"I'll never know the experience of being a child laying in a field of grass looking up at the clouds imagining shapes, but I can fight so that every child has that right," said Elam.

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