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Hinds County sheriff brings awareness to human trafficking

13 January 2018, 12:11 | Taylor George

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January 11 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

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.

At the Huntington Police Department, Bob Leslie, a deputy with the West Virginia Attorney General's office, recently led a training for police officers on how to spot human trafficking.

January is Human Trafficking and Slavery awareness month.

Staff will be trained to recognize the signs and indicators of human trafficking and to take steps when encountering suspicious activity. "One of our concerns is teens who are trafficked", said Scott Pettygrove, the director of the county's Human Services Agency.

Orr said Southern Illinois is an ideal location for trafficking because of its proximity to St. Louis and Chicago. "But what we discovered over the last seven years is, it's a real and present danger in SC".

After she was beaten by her trafficker, Tiffany asked a "John" to drive her across the state. "Truck drivers by and large are patriotic, courageous and always on the look-out for threats to public safety".

Following the ceremony, Beshear's office hosted an awareness day event, with funds from a Bureau of Justice Assistance grant, featuring keynote speaker Erik Bauer.

1532) will bar people from driving a commercial motor vehicle for life if they have used such a vehicle to commit a felony related to human trafficking. This commitment to collaboration is vital to begin winning this fight. These are just a few characteristics which may or may not be present in all trafficking cases which make it hard to identify these individuals.

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The Hogan administration explained that human trafficking crimes are "cases in which the perpetrator trafficks a child or trafficks a victim with the intent to forcibly compel the victim to perform a sexual act". But that's set to change this spring, when Jasmine Road opens in Greenville. Her trafficker has been convicted and sentenced to 18 years in prison, a step that helped her recover. The state also has laws that prohibit victims of trafficking from being prosecuted.

"I said, just kill me because I had given up all hope in life".

A primary goal of the task force is establishing youth diversion courts for commercially sexually exploited children, but that effort is on hold through 2018.

The website is a resource created to help raise awareness about human trafficking, prevent it from happening and help victims.

Active law enforcement operations to target and stop child sex trafficking have already begun, Peterson said as lawmakers announced a new awareness campaign to address the problem. It is modern day slavery woven into the fabric of the community.

The Attorney General released a PSA, that says it's time to unmask sex trafficking customers. "Survivors say that 80 percent of them were in a medical facility and they weren't recognized as a human trafficking victim", said Evans. She said it is usually somebody very close to the victim who has the power to control their world.

Sheriff Victor Mason has designated a unit to help reduce and stop the amount of human trafficking in the city, county and state. "The sharing of tactics and strategies is so important to developing a comprehensive plan". With help, his family members have gotten visas allowing them to stay and work in the United States.



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