Mississippi DOT joins Human Trafficking Awareness Month

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

During this month, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, January 11th, which was designated as so by the U.S. Senate in 2007 with the hopes of raising awareness to combat human trafficking.

Dozens of advocates, volunteers and public officials gathered along Blackstone Avenue on Thursday to raise money for the fight against human trafficking, one of the most prevalent and least understood crimes in Fresno County.

Because human trafficking occurs behind closed doors, she says better awareness and understanding are important.

Labor trafficking victims have been rescued from factories, farms, domestic services and small businesses. Another poster, "Girlfriend for Sale", focuses on how traffickers lure victims into false relationships and then coerce them into the sex trade.

Majarais and Wilson said ongoing education is key to strengthening the state's human trafficking policies. Since 2010, the EOC's project has identified 603 human trafficking victims in the central San Joaquin Valley.

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. Producer and co-director Laura Swanson and Jane White, director of the Mid-Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, lead a discussion after the film. "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.

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Law enforcement will ramp up prosecutions of people who buy or attempt to buy children for sex in Nebraska this year following the passage of stricter penalties last year, Attorney General Doug Peterson said Thursday.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said human trafficking is deep underground, making it a challenge to address.

Gibson says he was able to help in a sting at a Columbia truck stop to find human trafficking victims.

That is why the Human Trafficking Task Force is being proactive, identifying where help is needed and how to identify possible victims.

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. The individual is unaware that this is a crime and that there are resources available to help them.

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