human trafficking group approaches county for funding help

A group aiming to reduce human trafficking through education has approached Wichita County for help in attaining funding.

“You’ve seen the effect of this in the news recently,” Vicky Payne of Southern Grit Advocacy told county commissioners Monday. She was referring to a high-profile incident of suspected human trafficking in Wichita Falls in recent days.

Vicky Payne, executive director of Souther Grit Advocacy, conducts a virtual presentation to the Wichita County Commissioners Court Monday morning. Payne's organization hopes to collaborate with the court on funding for education to combat human trafficking.

Southern Grit’s stated goal is to “prevent, disrupt and end sex trafficking through education and advocacy.”

“We’re a year old and ready to put boots on the ground,” Payne said of her group’s efforts to stop human trafficking of children for sex.

The organization is seeking a grant of up to $105,000 from the governor’s office to fund education efforts aimed at children. If approved, the grant would be administered through the county.

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