Local trafficking expert: "We value money and power over human dignity"

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The leaders of two Central Texas organizations who focus on ending human trafficking say Jeffrey Epstein's alleged trafficking ring shows how those with money have the power to hide their businesses.

"We have to hold accountable those that are buying sex and those that are trafficking," Susan Peters, the executive director of UnBound said.

Unbound, based in Waco, is now an international organization aimed activating communities to fight human trafficking.

The alleged human trafficking operation of American financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein continues, despite his death in a federal prison this weekend, which is being called a suicide.

“Jesus Said Love” which focuses on training women who come out of the sex industry also has Stop the Demand classes for men.

Co-director Brett Mills said it's important to find out what makes people think the way Epstein did.

"We need to spend more time exploring how did Epstein get to the place that he got probably more so than who killed him or did commit suicide?” he said.

The founder of JSL, Emily Mills, believes Epstein's trafficking plan is a sign of a bigger problem in society.

"You know, why are there these cover up's, and I think what we are seeing now is that this is a hugely systemic problem. This is so deep rooted into the fabric of who men and who women are," Emily Mills said.

Her husband Brett agrees, "So we are dealing with commercial sex in the midst of high level business. You start messing with that and people start to get a little nervous."

Peters said many of those who used to deal in drugs and weapons now make money off of selling people, "Unfortunately there is such a high demand for buying sex, there are criminal minds that once sold drugs or guns and they are turning to human trafficking that we have a big issue."