Harker Heights: Men hope to combat kidnapping, trafficking here
A group of Central Texas men is hoping to combat kidnapping and human trafficking across the area.
"I saw it come across my timeline…missing and women and children. I was compelled to do something and take action. I am a son, I do have a mother, I have a girlfriend, I have a sister, nieces, so I feel like it was my responsibility to take action as a man of the community," said Johnny Mo.
Mo, along with Nino, Brandon Martin and Jerome Thomas, are coming together to plan a seminar.
A meeting to solicit volunteers and sponsors will take place at 7 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Harker Heights Event Center. The seminar, "#Bigger Than Me - The Fight Against Kidnapping and Human Trafficking in Our Community," is scheduled for the end of February.
The free seminar will feature self-defense classes and open to women, men and children.
Mo says it is time for men in the community to step up.
"I say that because leaders are people that a person can trust. I feel like we need to instill that back in our community that we do worry about y'all safety, worry about y'all being protected and instill that back into the community as men," he said.
According to the National Human Trafficking hotline, an overwhelmingly majority of reported cases involve women.
In Texas, there are 234,000 victims of labor trafficking and another 79,000 victims of youth and minor sex trafficking at any given time, says the Attorney General’s Office.
"I think this situation is bigger than you and me. I would just like everybody to come out and share their thoughts and ideas," Mo added.
To volunteer, information can be sent to BiggerThanMeTheFight@gmail.com.