Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

January Proclaimed as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January Proclaimed as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

From the National Human Trafficking Hotline, the first six months of 2017 identified 4,460 cases of human trafficking in the United States.

The month of January is also designated as human trafficking prevention month.

The new "Demand an End" initiative is the latest step in a multiyear effort to stop sex trafficking, particularly when the victims are minors.

"From a law enforcement standpoint, the ball has been handed to us", he said.

"The average age of entry for a girl (into trafficking) is between 12 and 14", says CEO Derri Smith. Several Oakland County judges and representatives from the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and numerous local law enforcement departments and social service agencies will be in attendance to show their support of the ongoing and collaborative effort to fight human trafficking in Oakland County.

"To turn the tide on trafficking we must be able to properly define it, recognize it, and know who to call when we see it", said Jerry Redman, Chief Executive Officer of Chattanooga-based Second Life Tennessee.

On Thursday, Attorney General, Alan Wilson, held a press conference with Truckers Against Trafficking and the South Carolina Trucking Association to discuss the issue of human trafficking within the industry. She says it is a growing problem in Wyoming, which has several major interstates that tend to increase the problem.

January Proclaimed as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
January Proclaimed as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

"Online dating has become very prominent", Clark said. Producer and co-director Laura Swanson and Jane White, director of the Mid-Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, lead a discussion after the film.

"The traffickers gain total control over their victims' lives so that the person has no ability to separate themselves from their tormentors", said Stein, a first-term Democrat. Once they arrive, they are not allowed to leave their hotel rooms, and they are asked, or coerced, to trade sex for payment of their room, food, etc. She described South Florida as a trafficking "hotspot."

The state task force has described Interstate 95 as a "hot spot" for traffickers, connecting victims to Washington, New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Bayer suggests if you suspect trafficking in any form, its best to call law enforcement, the national human trafficking hotline (888-373-7888) or an advocacy group like The Women's Community.

Labor trafficking victims have been rescued from factories, farms, domestic services and small businesses.

In the afternoon, Beshear and his wife, Britainy, visited the Kristy Love Foundation and Women of the Well's House of Esther to deliver in-kind items donated by staff from the Office of the Attorney General to benefit victims of human trafficking. "We offer them the opportunity to go to counseling, be healed holistically, help with financial planning, they get to go to college or get a skill totally for free".

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