Local agencies put spotlight on human trafficking

Local agencies put spotlight on human trafficking

From that point on, Rojas said she probably traveled to every US state, reliving the same scenario over and over again with different traffickers, abusing substances to cope and occasionally getting into trouble with law enforcement.

Coles is the Chair for the Human Trafficking Commission.

"This is something that when I was first elected in 2010 and took office in 2011, I did not realize - and I don't think many people did - that human trafficking was a problem (in the state)", he said. "Faith based organizations, community based organizations, parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals are all part of the solutions!" Between 100,000 and 300,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked.

"Traffickers will, you know, they provided a place for my son to live", she said. In 2003, the New York Times called Chicago a national hub for human trafficking. International Justice Mission (IJM) uses lawyers, social workers and law enforcement around the world to stop human trafficking and end slavery.

- North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein on Thursday said the state is working with several partners to help combat human trafficking.

"There isn't just one stereotype of someone who is being trafficked or just one stereotype of a person who is doing the trafficking. And we really can do that", says Smith.

On Thursday, Attorney General, Alan Wilson, held a press conference with Truckers Against Trafficking and the South Carolina Trucking Association to discuss the issue of human trafficking within the industry.

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"When you look at the state, interstates around the country, you look at the trucking plazas numerous trafficking victims are pimped out at these locations and it is the truckers that are on the front lines that are going to be able to see this". "When I tried to backpedal I went through a very horrific experience", said Rush.

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.

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

She says some of the red flags can include people who haven't received medical or dental care for many years and maybe severely underweight or malnourished.

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