Human trafficking survivor to speak in Richland


A human trafficking survivor from the west side of the state comes to the Tri-Cities today to encourage residents to speak up against human slavery.

Khurshida Begum says human trafficking can happen in rural, agricultural areas - like some areas of the Mid-Columbia - where there are not a lot of people around.

Begum became a slave when she moved to rural Oakville, Washington from Bangladesh.

She says you can help stop human trafficking and slavery by paying attention to things that don't look right, and trusting your gut.

"My point of coming out here is to educate community members that this is happening here. It's not just a crime that's happening in Asia or Africa, or some other foreign country" said Begum.

Begum is speaking at the Richland Library tonight.

Her presentation runs from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.