January Proclaimed as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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

Why you should wear blue on January 11

January has also been designated as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

MDOT's Office of Enforcement has been working in conjunction with Gov. Phil Bryant's Human Trafficking Task Force since 2015.

Gov. Brian Sandoval announces the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles' partnership with the Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign to raise awareness for human trafficking at the Nevada DMV on Sahara Avenue in Las Vegas, Jan. 11, 2018.

His proclamation renounces the evil of enslavement and human trafficking as "a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation" and "a sickening crime at odds with our very humanity". "Faith based organizations, community based organizations, parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals are all part of the solutions!"

GFA-supported Bridge of Hope centers offer Asian children the chance to escape their vulnerability to human trafficking, slave labor, and begging in the streets by providing them with nutritious meals and education. She said it can happen to anyone at any age and it's closer than you think.

· Call 911 or law enforcement for an emergency.

Truckers against Trafficking joined in the fight to end South Carolina's fastest growing crime, human sex trafficking.

"More than 31,600 total cases of human trafficking have been reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in the last eight years".

"While ATA continues to work on major issues like tax reform, infrastructure and trade, it is important that we secure victories in other areas to continue to advance trucking's agenda", ATA president and CEO Chris Spear said in a news release. "They evolve just like our children evolve with technology", said Lt. Talamantez.

North Carolina is thought to have one of the top rates of human trafficking in the nation, said Libby Magee Coles, chairwoman of the state Human Trafficking Commission. The immigrant may not know that a crime is being committed against them, making it hard to report. She said these victims become a product for the trafficker. "It can feel as if his or her entire world has been turned upside down, and - much too often - it can leave wounds that are unseen and which sometimes never truly or fully heal", said Hogan. The most common (68%) were the offenders threatening to post sexual content online, about the victim, for family and friends to see if the child did not comply. If you suspect human trafficking may be happening or you yourself are a victim, Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888, TTY 711 or TEXT 233733. We are joined in our commitment by the other Task Force members, which include representatives from both the Oakland County and Michigan Departments of Health and Human Services, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, Oakland County Youth Assistance, Oakland Schools and victim services agencies CARE House and Common Ground.

But, said several experts on a telephone news conference with Frankel, it's a major problem among foreign workers who get temporary work visas to work in the country.

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