National Human Trafficking Awareness day observed in Wausau

Erika Holt
January 13, 2018

The fundraiser is continuing all month long, as part of January being "National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month".

Survivors of human trafficking will be on hand to share their stories with hundreds of people from law enforcement, the justice system, educational institutions, social service agencies and other advocacy organizations.

Other nonprofits seek to stem the flow of human trafficking around the world and are hard at work doing so.

His proclamation renounces the evil of enslavement and human trafficking as "a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation" and "a sickening crime at odds with our very humanity". There were 177 human trafficking cases reported in the state that year. Right now, Cruz and Deutch said, the information is tightly held, and not even law enforcement can comb through the data to figure out patterns: who's disappearing, which unscrupulous employment services brought them to the country, which employers were involved.

State Rep. John McCravy, R-Greenwood and a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said he supports South Carolina's aggressive pursuit to eradicate human trafficking.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Human Trafficking Bureau arrested 15 sex traffickers between September 2017 and January 1, 2018.

Thursday was National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and local officials said it can happen in our community. We do have a drug and opioid issue, and we are surrounded borders and we also have a lot of refugees here.

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"Here at family planning we are a safe haven", said Clark.

Most recently, Beshear's office teamed up with Free2Hope, Catholic Charities of Louisville, the Kentucky Hotel and Lodging Association, the Kentucky Travel Industry Association and WDRB Media to launch an initiative called, "See Something - Say Something - Save a Life!".

"The sad reality is that becoming a victim of a crime often shatters a person's sense of security".

Marissa Castellanos with the Catholic Charities of Louisville human trafficking program says every Kentuckian has a role to play in helping victims of both sex and labor trafficking.

She said those at risk aren't just the people from big cities.

"I immediately realized I was under someone's control and I couldn't get out", she said.

To report suspected human trafficking call the toll free hotline number 1-888-3737-888 or Text "Help" or "Info" to BeFree (233733).

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