Janesville auto show aims to put the brakes on human trafficking

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (WTVO) — From a classic Challenger to a throwback Ford pickup, it was a car lover’s paradise at Budget Truck and Auto Body’s third annual car show.

“We’ve been in business for 46 years this year, and the community has always supported us,” said Budget Truck and Auto President, Mark Polzin.

For each car that participates at the event $10 goes to the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force.

“We think we’re in a small community and that don’t happen in our area, but it’s really crazy how much happens in this area and how much trafficking moves in the area,” Polzin said.

Carrie Wyatt is an educator on the Anti-Human Trafficking Task force, she says kids are most vulnerable.

“For whatever needs they may have that are not being met, whether it’s food, clothing, shelter,” Wyatt said. “Those predators are out there lurking to provide those things, and in exchange for that they’re going to require the child to perform some kind of sex act.”

Rock County’s second most commonly reported crime is human trafficking.

“Wisconsin in general is anywhere from in the top five of the nation for sex trafficking,” Wyatt said.

That’s why Wyatt says car shows like this one are important to raise awareness.

“It’s a great cause and people don’t know about,” Polzin said. “Just to come and talk to these people here that are in it everyday and see it first hand, it’s a wake up call for everybody.”

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