South Florida 'hotspot' for human trafficking; lawmakers offer solution

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The Department of Homeland Security is encouraging people to wear blue on Thursday, January 11, to bring awareness of human trafficking.

A community-wide human trafficking conference is to be held from 8 a.m.to noon and from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at St. Mary's Health Education Center, 800 S. Washington Ave.in Saginaw.

Lt. Talamantez said human trafficking and child exploitation cases are more prevalent now more than ever largely because children have access to the internet. "Faith based organizations, community based organizations, parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals are all part of the solutions!" The staff at Family Planning is educated to identify the signs of a victim of human trafficking.

For example, Jenny, a survivor who was featured in the series debut Friday, said in her video, "It's a brainwashing that happens".

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· Call 911 or law enforcement for an emergency.

Find more information and support on the subject of human trafficking [here].

Labor has always been included in Ohio's anti-trafficking laws created to prosecute those who use force, coercion, violence, threats, and deception to lure people into a world of modern-day slavery.

Report any nonemergency suspicious activity to the Kentucky Child Protection hotline, 877-597-2331; the Office of the Attorney General, 502-696-5300; or the National Human Trafficking hotline, 888-373-7888. "And we really can do that", says Smith. Those who need help can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline or locally they can call Breaking the Chains at 402-3955.

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

Sex traffickers do not have to parade their victims on the street anymore, they can sell them online. Just like most of these young girls, I thought he was going to give me the lifestyle I always dreamed of and when we got to Los Angeles he told me no this is what you are going to do.

President Trump's proclamation completes the month-long attention on slavery and human trafficking by celebrating National Freedom Day on February 1. For more information visit the human trafficking page of the District Attorney's public website. She said it is usually somebody very close to the victim who has the power to control their world. The individual is unaware that this is a crime and that there are resources available to help them.

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