NET Documentary Examines Sex Trafficking in Nebraska

News Release Date: 
December 20, 2016

For Immediate Release
NET Documentary Examines Sex Trafficking in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (Dec. 19, 2016) – The harsh reality is that every day in Nebraska, there’s sex for sale. Research shows that hundreds of the people “for sale” each month are likely sex trafficking victims.

NET’s newest television documentary reveals an ugly industry whose victims are mostly female and often children. It’s a crime that no longer happens on dimly lit street corners. “Sold for Sex: Trafficking in Nebraska” premieres at 8 p.m. CT, Thursday, Jan. 5, on NET.

In addition to the television documentary he produced, NET’s Mike Tobias will present a series of radio “Signature Stories” about sex trafficking. The radio stories will air at 6:45 & 8:45 a.m., and 4:45 p.m. CT on NET, on Wednesday, Jan 4; Thursday, Jan. 5; and Friday, Jan. 6.

“People aren't walking on the streets, and men aren't driving around the city block in circles looking for someone to buy. Rather they can just sit in the privacy of their own home with a laptop computer or cellphone, and find a human being for sale,” said former Omaha FBI agent and longtime trafficking investigator Anna Brewer.

NET News investigates how the “selling” and “shopping” happens in Nebraska’s commercial sex industry, and identifies “hot spots” in Omaha and the surrounding area, as well as in smaller rural communities. “Sold for Sex: Trafficking in Nebraska” also explores the role high profile events play in trafficking.
 
The documentary examines what’s being done to stop sex trafficking, as well as how law enforcement is tracking activity. And, through the emotional story of a woman swept into sex trafficking as a vulnerable young girl, “Sold for Sex: Trafficking in Nebraska” identifies efforts to support victims and survivors.

The documentary website (netNebraska.org/soldforsex) includes segments from “Sold for Sex: Trafficking in Nebraska,” plus additional information and resources about sex trafficking in the state.


NET operates the statewide public service network which includes NET Television, NET Radio, NET Learning Services and NET Technology Services. To learn more, visit netNebraska.org.

Former FBI agent Anna Brewer talks about trafficking at a Gretna Optimist Club meeting.

Creighton University researchers Terry Clark and Crysta Price discuss their research on Nebraska's commercial sex industry.

Sex trafficking survivor Rachel Pointer talks with NET producer Mike Tobias.

 

 

 

 

 

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