TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Brandon Darby was one of many speakers at Wednesday's Anti-Human Trafficking Day Rally.
"It's really good to come to Tyler and see what people are doing and see this level of activity. I really think it's a model for other towns in Texas," Darby said.
"It is appalling that we have sex trafficking in the world, and even more so right here in the United States, in Texas and in Tyler. Let's create awareness. Unfortunately, this horror is real for many people and many families. Let's be part of that solution,"
Darby said he is a victim of human trafficking himself who thanks God for his survival, and is now an activist, fighting to end this growing problem that he, along with city and county officials, said is present right here in East Texas.
"People don't realize that a lot of folks come from Dallas;a lot of these folks are centered in Dallas and they will come to Tyler and surrounding areas, and they will put an ad out on the Internet, and they will make money and go back to Dallas so there is no long standing issue," Darby explained.
He said there are statistics, but it is difficult to get accurate numbers when so many men, women and children are afraid to speak out.
"I'm 36-years-old now and for the majority of my adult life and my teen life, if you can imagine being a teenager, and having had those things happen, you know, you don't want to share that. That is not something I should be ashamed of, that is something other people should be ashamed of," Darby said.
Now, Darby works with organizations like the ones right here in East Texas (Liberty Task Force, For the Silent, and Refuge of Light) dedicated to putting an end to human trafficking, healing those affected by it, and spreading the word so others can help make a difference.