US Attorneys launch new human trafficking website

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In 2003, the New York Times called Chicago a national hub for human trafficking.

The proposal would take information the government now collects about the temporary work visa applicants, the people who help them apply, and their employers, and make it much more widely available. When a child's body is being sold, it's abuse and rape, period. When one site closes down, another is ready, using tactics that thinly veil its objective. Labor trafficking soared by 47 percent, but all trafficking is still widely underreported. In 2017, the hotline reported 118 totals cases, including 81 for sex trafficking and 28 for labor.

"National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is an important opportunity to highlight the work that Free2Hope, the Attorney General's Office and others in our community do every day to end human trafficking", said Free2Hope founder and director Amy Leenerts. Her trafficker has been convicted and sentenced to 18 years in prison, a step that helped her recover. Super Bowl Sunday, when women and children are sex trafficked at Super Bowl parties.

"It happens anywhere and everywhere there is demand for the second-most profitable product in the world", she said. PennDOT partnered with Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Truckers against Trafficking to develop the web-based training. Under a law enacted last year, soliciting a minor now carries a penalty of 20 years to life in prison.

The Livingston County Board of Supervisors was slated to consider proclaiming January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month For Livingston County via official resolution at its Jan. 10 meeting.

West Virginia's drug epidemic may be leading to increases in what's called "familial sex trafficking".

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What can ordinary citizens do to help stop modern day slavery in our midst?

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.

In 2016, Atlanta and Charlotte were among the 25 US cities with the highest number of calls to the National Human Trafficking hotline.

Be a conscientious and informed consumer.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day started back in 2011 when a Presidential Proclamation was issued about National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

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