January 11 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

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January 11 is recognized as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day nationwide, a crime that hits close to home no matter the size of the town according to The Women's Community Inc. of Wausau. This proclamation is one in a series of legislative proposals and executive actions to be presented at the 2018 Maryland General Assembly aimed at protecting victims of human trafficking and other sexually based crimes. "We're failing to detect human traffickers who are abusing the system".

About a decade ago, a Swedish woman traveling to Las Vegas met a man and fell in love. Since then, National Human Trafficking Day has been observed annually on January 11.

Fedor says the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force has engaged nearly every aspect of government on the issue to ensure victims and survivors receive support and that offenders are brought to justice. But there are millions of others like her.

The two-year program will offer adult female trafficking victims medical care, trauma counseling and life skills, diverting them from the streets or prison.

"I looked at that picture and I determined if I didn't get involved, who would get involved", he said.

"I really believe the ball has been handed to us (in law enforcement) to really start moving", Peterson said at a news conference in the Capitol rotunda.

Of the 38,304 cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline since 2007 and assessed as "high" probability of actual trafficking, 4,548 came from Florida.

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"Human trafficking has sadly become a worldwide problem and developed into a $32 billion a year trade", said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. As members of the Task Force, we are committed to finding innovative and effective ways to raise awareness about this cruel and illegal activity, prevent its occurrence, and protect and rehabilitate victims.

"Every life has a goal, and every soul has a story".

The ATA works closely with the non-profit organization Truckers Against Trafficking, which educates and mobilizes the trucking industry in its fight against human trafficking.

DMV Nevada Director Terri Albertson said the division reached out to the Department of Homeland Security in September about how it could help the cause.

Sandoval cited the DMV's reach.

The bipartisan legislation aims to help with the problem of human trafficking in the nation. "I think the recognition and awareness is there, and now it's just getting the resources, and unfortunately, that's money and time and talent".

"We are excited to see the enthusiasm from the front-line workers", he said. "You need more eyes in the community".

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