Human trafficking is not rare, awareness of human trafficking is

It's hard to believe that the smiling lady sitting in front of me had suffered both domestic violence and trafficking before.

In Central Missouri Human Trafficking Coalition's monthly meeting, Robin shared her experience, again, after her story aired on ABC 17 (KMIZ) on Monday night.

"The more I share, the less I fear," Robin said.

She looked calm during the sharing, as she found it a so-called "healing process." Sometimes communications could ease the pain from her deep heart.

I cannot help but wonder if anyone will believe the seriousness of human trafficking around the country after watching Robin’s story. Everyone would like to believe what they want to believe, and now they may choose to consider Robin as a single case. 

But the truth is: It is not just about Robin.

So how can we raise people's awareness of trafficking? There is one way: To expose a massive number of similar cases.

Although occasional coverage of the issue will bring up attention among the public, people may be surprised about the news for a couple days and then forget it. And the loop will repeat when the next piece of story comes up.

A good signal is that more officials and citizens have a better understanding of trafficking due to growing education. And according to National Human Trafficking Hotline, there are more reported cases in the past year, meaning that more victims have recognized their troubles as trafficking.

However, current education is far from enough.

The majority of public are only at the first stage of understanding human trafficking. They may know "what it is" and "how it is," but they may not know how to prevent it and how to help the survivors.

That's why we still have a long way to go.