Human Trafficking Awareness Day initiatives

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Beshear said January is also National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and an occasion to advocate against human trafficking - a modern day form of slavery that targets adults and children.

In 2010, a presidential proclamation designated January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

Because human trafficking occurs behind closed doors, she says better awareness and understanding are important.

In 2016, Atlanta and Charlotte were among the 25 USA cities with the highest number of calls to the National Human Trafficking hotline. When asked how Valley Crisis Center helps victims, Chee said, "We have a 24-hour crisis line".

The office also provided human trafficking training for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet highway incident safety professionals, more than 1,600 professionals and community members on identifying and reporting trafficking.

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Some think that human trafficking victims will self-identify.

The FSPAs also will host a public human trafficking awareness prayer service on at 4 p.m. February 6 in Mary of the Angels Chapel at 901 Franciscan Way in La Crosse.

Staff will be trained to recognize the signs and indicators of human trafficking and to take steps when encountering suspicious activity.

From that point on, Rojas said she probably traveled to every USA state, reliving the same scenario over and over again with different traffickers, abusing substances to cope and occasionally getting into trouble with law enforcement.

Attorney General Doug Peterson said police and prosecutors in 2018 will ramp up their use of tools provided by state lawmakers in recent years to combat human trafficking. Human trafficking is an estimated $150 billion industry worldwide, with commercial sex generating two-thirds of the profit.

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"You may see somebody that never has time off from work", said Davis.

"I am so proud", Sandoval said.

"There's a positive that can be made out of it and if I can save my daughters, or multiple people's daughters, then that's definitely something I want to do", she said. She said human trafficking is a hidden crime making it challenging to spot the signs of a person who has become a victim.

All videos and additional resources will be available at the FSPA web site.

The County's District Attorney's Office and Child Welfare Services are partnering with the anti-human trafficking organization, Abolitionist Mom, to help promote the public service ads.

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