Attorney General Kathy Jennings announces the formation of a Human Trafficking Unit within the state’s Department of Justice.
January was Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and Jennings says the new department will combat and raise awareness to the issue. According to the department, there have been over 50 human trafficking arrests in the state over the last five years. Jennings says that number is just a fraction of the full scale trafficking in the state given the inherently clandestine nature of the crime and the state’s location on the I-95 corridor.
State Representative Kim Williams praised the new task force, saying it will provide a voice to the voiceless. The new unit is already hard at work investigating current cases.
Anyone who suspects human trafficking should contact the national hotline at 888-373-7888 or call 911 if someone is in imminent danger.