ITHACA, N.Y.(WENY)-- Human trafficking is happening every where and it is important to know how to recognize and handle the signs. Because of this, the Tompkins County youth Center teamed up with the Advocacy Center to teach medical professionals the ins and outs of humane trafficking. 

"Medical staff has a unique opportunity to identify risk factors and signs, but also provide a safe place for people to share what's happening, ask for help and get connected with resources," says Kristi Taylor, Executive Director of the Advocacy center. 

Understanding the sings of trafficking is extremely important in the medical field because of these unique one-on-one opportunities, so the Advocacy Center along with the Tompkins County Youth Services wanted to be able to provide the means necessary for local medial staff to know what to look for. 

"Recognizing, understanding what human trafficking is, including labor and sex trafficking, and helping build some tools in the toolbox for some local medical providers about how to identify folks or children who are at risk and also having response protocols," says Taylor. 

Taylor said the best thing anyone can do is to follow their gut feeling when it comes to something as serious as human and sex trafficking, because we all have a role to play when it comes to ending trafficking. 

"If your instinct and kind of your gut is saying that something might be wrong, then try to approach that person or is there a way that you know somebody who can approach them and just make sure that they know if they ever need help or need to talk to somebody that there is help available," says Taylor.

To learn more about trafficking or to get direct help for someone who might be in trouble, you can contact the Tompkins County Youth Services and or the Advocacy Center.  If someone is in immediate danger, please call 911 first.