Beshear, Activists Mark Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Ruben Hill
January 14, 2018

"I do what I enjoy doing".

Although South Carolina didn't see its first human trafficking-related conviction until 2015, officials have been building a framework since 2012 to tackle the problem. In that same time frame, the bureau recovered 30 adult sex traficking victims and four child sex trafficking victims.

People apply for temporary work permits in the United States, often paying thousands of dollars to agencies to assist them. Rojas said her mother passed her off to men "before shoe-tying age". According to statistics reported by the hotline, North Carolina ranked 10th in reported human trafficking cases in 2016. "If you see something, say something".

"Human trafficking is our society's modern-day slavery, and unfortunately is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world", said U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, a Palm Beach County Democrat.

"It impacts tens of thousands of children, women, and men in SC alone". "We offer them the opportunity to go to counseling, be healed holistically, help with financial planning, they get to go to college or get a skill totally for free". These possible indicators might include lack of knowledge of what city they are in; appearing anxious, depressed, submissive, tense or nervous especially if suggested to contact law enforcement for assistance.

You may think human trafficking is scarce in West Virginia because it is not easily found on the streets, but experts say it manifests differently in Appalachia.

Beshear, Activists Mark Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Beshear, Activists Mark Human Trafficking Awareness Day

"Human trafficking is the most heinous of crimes, involving kidnapping and slavery".

John Mckown is a driving instructor who's helping train truckers know what to look out for.

"It is my goal as DMV director that we will serve as the pilot for the rest of the nation", she said.

Mckown says a lot of it can happen at truck stops around the country where victims are used for prostitution.

"The trucking industry and individual truck drivers are invaluable in the fight against human trafficking", said Elisabeth Barna, COO of American Trucking Associations, TMAF executive committee member, and a board member of Truckers Against Trafficking. The International Labour Organization estimates that there are around 20.9 million victims globally that are trapped in horrific situations with traffickers exploiting them through the use of violence, threats, deception, debt bondage and other manipulative tactics.

Courageous survivors like Tiffany are helping officials better identify the scope and problem of human trafficking in our state as they work to put an end to the underground crime.

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