(KTVI) - Lawmakers gathered for a human trafficking summit in Edwardsville, Illinois Monday morning.
According to some estimates, human trafficking is a $9 billion a year industry that impacts 20-million-people world wide. Many of those victims are in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.
The victims are forced to have sex for money and or forced to work for little or no pay. This is a form of modern day slavery. Most of the victims are women or young girls. Some people refer to this as prostitution but many of them are forced to sell their bodies. The goal of Monday morning's summit was to give local people information that can help them recognize victims of human trafficking.
The summit was organized by U.S. representatives Rodney Davis and John Shimkus.
It is very important to remind people about this issue now because large events such as the upcoming baseball All- Star game in Minneapolis are big draws for human trafficking.