Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

The Order of Masonic Lodges offers a DNA identification program free for parents. They are for babies, young children and teenagers. These packets are also good for keeping on record needed information on older loved ones who may be at risk.

These DNA packets remain with the parents or guardians with no duplicate record kept so it is important to insure safekeeping of the packet in the freezer.

Statistics show that teenagers and young adults are vulnerable, too. In 2016, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported that one out of six teenage runaways is likely a victim of a local or international child sex trafficking.

We must be informed to protect our children, learn the signs and be prepared. The National Human trafficking Hotline is 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733) or your local law enforcement office.

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead recently passed a law incorporating human trafficking legislation into Wyoming law books.

Evidence of human trafficking in this state can be found by many indicators, including over 239 calls from Wyoming to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline from 2007 to 2017 and 51 cases being brought before the courts during the same time.

Look for flyers for places, times and dates of DNA testing.

Stan Dodson