AG Stein: More training needed to continue fight against human trafficking

Jeanet Ingalls is working on a series of fundraisers in an effort to raise $10,000 to train police departments in handling and identifying human trafficking victims. Shown in her studio on North Street in Pittsfield Ingalls said she uses her art to filte

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

The county's task force on human trafficking rolled out the site - created to be a leading source of information, support and education for parents, victims, their advocates.

On Thursday, the Capital Area Anti-trafficking Alliance (CAATA) hosted a National Community Human Trafficking Awareness Day Conference at the Capital Area District Library.

"Human trafficking is a reality for this community", Smittcamp said.

In 2016, 182 cases were reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. He agreed and she checked into a local center providing services to victims. The center provides services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for sex trafficking victims and survivors in Northeast Wisconsin.

Majarais and Wilson said ongoing education is key to strengthening the state's human trafficking policies. Human trafficking reports to Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services increased more than 300 percent between 2013 and 2015.

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Later this month The Red Cord Organization will be hosting their first annual Human Trafficking Awareness Gala.

PennDOT is now distributing wallet cards containing information on how to report suspected human trafficking activities to Welcome Centers, commercial driver license holders and applicants at its driver license centers. "I congratulate our attorney general for pursuing these perpetrators and working for the maximum penalty", McCravy said. However the experts say that Human Trafficking victims can be of any age, race, gender, nationality, and come from any socio-economic group.

Nebraska is taking a more proactive approach to eliminate sex trafficking in the state. "It's not liberal versus conservatives, there is no 'us versus them.' The battle I'm fighting is ignorance versus awareness". "I'm pretty much my own boss", said Gibson. They're all tell tale signs of control and that's what human trafficking is about.

"North Carolina is believed to have one of the top 10 highest rates of human trafficking in the nation", says Libby Magee Coles.

"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. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Ocala Branch, plans to help in this endeavor and hold a public forum on Human Trafficking Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m.at the Marion County Public Library, 2720 E. Silver Spring Blvd., Ocala.

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