YAKIMA, Wash.-- A group of people gathered at Yakima's Central Lutheran Church Monday to learn about the worldwide issue of human trafficking.
Russ Tuttle was raised in India and lived in Yakima for a while and has been working to stop human trafficking around the U.S. and the world.
Tuttle says sex trafficking is a growing issue in Yakima County, with pimps recruiting girls as young as twelve years old.
"Within the sex trade, pimps tend to go after illegal's because they say, well they're less likely to go to the police because they can threaten them and coerce them. That is most likely the biggest problem right here in Yakima," said Tuttle.
He says that many times, kids in foster care are also targeted.
It's estimated that 325,000 kids are at risk of being recruited in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.