MU professor receives grant to study sex trafficking

1 year 3 weeks 6 days ago Wednesday, March 06 2019 Mar 6, 2019 Wednesday, March 06, 2019 6:39:00 PM CST March 06, 2019 in News
By: Arielle Cadet, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - An MU professor received $100,000 to work on a project that will educate the community about sex trafficking in Missouri.

Kathleen Preble teaches at the School of Social Work and is partnering with professor Andrea Nichols at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park on this project. Preble said they are working to eliminate Missouri’s status as one of the top places for human trafficking.

“We need to know how to prepare our professionals, we need to know how to identify it better, we need to know all kinds of things that need evidence in order to drive our funding and our projects in a much more targeted way,” Preble said.

Preble got the grant from the Missouri Collaborative Against Human Trafficking. She said the grant pays for a three-phased research project that will help link victims with services across the state of Missouri.

“So [this] makes it easier to get victims to resources and for resources to network with each other,” Preble said.

Human Trafficking Hotline reports that there were 140 human trafficking cases in Missouri in 2017 — one of the highest totals in the nation. Preble said Missouri is in an interesting location that attracts a large number of traffickers.

“When we think about trafficking and addressing the issue of trafficking in the state of Missouri all of sudden it gets a bit more complicated because what is available in urban centers isn’t necessarily going to be available to most of the rest of the state,” Preble said.

Former MU student Rachel Urban works for an anti-human trafficking non-profit and said she’s excited about the new project. She said she got the opportunity to speak to Preble while at MU and said the work Preble is doing is beneficial to stopping the trafficking issue.

“I think Dr. Kathy Preble is in a lot of ways leading the way in helping study human trafficking and sex trafficking specifically so we can help survivors and also educate ourselves,” Urban said.

Urban said she is inspired by the way Preble handled tackling sex trafficking in Missouri.

"The way she goes about learning about sex trafficking is very trauma informed and survivor focused and she does a really good job listening to the survivor," Urban said.

Preble said she is committed to creating resources for sex trafficking victims and hopes the community can get a better understanding of the issue. 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson held his daily COVID-19 press conference Tuesday afternoon. At the press conference, he... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 4:05:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia teen is leading the charge to make face shields for healthcare workers as the nation is... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 4:01:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
If you are feeling anxious about COVID-19, you're not alone. A new survey from the American Psychiatric Association reveals more... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:58:38 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
JEFFERSON CITY- State lawmakers were originally scheduled to be back at the capitol Jefferson City this week after their spring... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:57:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - This is the first week Columbia Public Schools is delivering meals for students as school is held at... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:50:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
DC —Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley joined a bipartisan group of 121 members of Congress in sending a letter... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:15:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
In this COVID-19 town hall, KOMU 8's Emily Spain talks with Andrew Zumwalt about the stock market's roller coaster ride... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:34:00 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri Police Department hasn't received any reports of scams related to COVID-19, yet. But in... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:30:31 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Lakota Coffee was broken into Monday night, according to a Facebook post by the company. "We... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:39:00 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9:17:00 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - On March 1, daily life in Columbia looked a lot different than it does today. People were... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 4:00:00 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
TROY (AP) — An eastern Missouri sheriff's department has reached a $2 million settlement with a man who spent more... More >>
2 days ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 8:23:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Governor Parson said during his daily press briefing on Monday that it could be 60 to 90 days... More >>
2 days ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 7:05:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA— MU students will have from May 18 to June 5 to decide whether to report their grades as letter... More >>
2 days ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 3:50:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Six restaurant owners gathered together to provide "scrappy meals" for those in need due to COVID-19 on Monday... More >>
2 days ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 3:35:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The owner of downtown Columbia’s Broadway Diner said he’s been able to provided more than 300 meals in... More >>
2 days ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 3:32:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
2 days ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 2:38:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The stay-at-home order in Boone County isn't even a week old, but the city of Columbia says they've... More >>
2 days ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 2:18:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 51°
6am 50°
7am 52°
8am 53°
9am 55°