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Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month Event Features RMPBS Program

13 January 2018, 12:13 | Devin Moran

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Members of the Mid-Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force host events

Ricketts declared January human trafficking awareness month. "And because of that, right under our noses, human traffickers are able to exploit major gaps in our visa program", Deutch said. The law aims to reduce human trafficking by appointing a representative at the U.S. Department of Transportation to organize human trafficking prevention efforts, among other measures.

"I am very excited by what this conference will do".

"Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery taking place in every state across the country", said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express Inc.

Here in Oklahoma, over 100 calls were received and 40 human trafficking cases were reported a year ago. She said, "I don't have the age of the stats, but victims in the Central Valley can be as young as 5 years old, and all the way to 70".

Frequent visits to truck stops or weigh stations can provide clues that may otherwise be missed by law enforcement. You find more information on The Red Cord website.

"National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is an important opportunity to highlight the work that Free2Hope, the Attorney General's Office and others in our community do every day to end human trafficking", Leenerts said. However, he said his agency has plans going forward to combat the issue. "They evolve just like our children evolve with technology", said Lt. Talamantez. Many victims are children and it's happening online. "MI has the 11th highest call volume to the National Human Trafficking Hotline".




Mick McKeown, executive director of the DHS Blue Campaign, said education and awareness will help eradicate the crime.

Dozens of state agencies from law enforcement to lawmakers have joined in the fight against human sex trafficking.

Perpetrators must be arrested and prosecuted, the demand for trafficking victims must be reduced, children must learn internet safety, the general public must become aware of the crime, and drug addiction rates must fall, he said. "We at PennDOT are doing our part to help spot victims and get them assistance".

Most recently, Beshear's office teamed up with Free2Hope, Catholic Charities of Louisville, the Kentucky Hotel and Lodging Association, the Kentucky Travel Industry Association and WDRB Media to launch an initiative called, "See Something - Say Something - Save a Life!".

"There's a positive that can be made out of it and if I can save my daughters, or multiple people's daughters, then that's definitely something I want to do", she said.



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