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1:07 AM Sun, Sept. 23rd

PHS student raises awareness about sex trafficking victims

Brooke Photography/Courtesy<br>Katie Boggs, a senior at Prescott High School, will handle choreography for an event Saturday to draw attention to the victims of sex trafficking.

Brooke Photography/Courtesy<br>Katie Boggs, a senior at Prescott High School, will handle choreography for an event Saturday to draw attention to the victims of sex trafficking.

PRESCOTT - A Prescott High School senior who was homecoming queen in October plans to draw attention to the victims of sex trafficking with a program Saturday evening at the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza. To that end, she choreographed a dance that the RhythMotion Pre-Professional Dance Company will perform Saturday.

Katie Boggs, 18, said she became inspired to take on sex trafficking as a cause two years ago after watching a video of a Cambodian girl who managed to escape from the sex industry.

Katie, a Prescott native and daughter of Gretchen and Casey Boggs, said she is aware that sex trafficking takes place not just in countries such as Thailand, but in the United States as well.

Katie calls her program STAR, which stands for Sex Trafficking Awareness Relief.

The program will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday on the north courthouse steps. Katie also plans to speak on sex trafficking, and show a PowerPoint presentation and movie clip on the subject.

She will man a table near the stage to sell items with proceeds benefiting Catholic Charities in Phoenix.

Katie said she has taken dance lessons since the age of 3, and performs jazz, ballet, hip-hop, modern and other styles.

Besides taking part in dance, Katie said she belongs to a "ton of clubs." They include the Key Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Teens Taking Action, which is affiliated with Catholic Charities.

After graduating, she plans to attend Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and study nursing.

Referring to Saturday's program, she said, "Even if (only) 10 people show up, I am still doing the event. Even if 10 people are listening, that could be one life that is saved."