People in Huntsville say human trafficking is a problem in North Alabama

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People in Huntsville came out to the Eleanor E. Murphy Library tonight to learn more about human trafficking.

The North Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force hosted the event. They say human trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world and that most people who are trafficked are teens.

They believe it’s a growing problem that happens even in the Tennessee Valley.

Public Relations Director for the North Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force, Bo Williams, said, “It’s a problem anywhere there are people. People who know what human trafficking is, they will often think, well that just happens in big cities or across the ocean. It happens anywhere there are people, anywhere there are potential victims and customers.”

They say signs a person is being trafficked is if they don’t make eye contact, miss school often, have tattoos, or have an advanced knowledge of what sex is for their age.

If you think you are witnessing human sex trafficking, call police or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1 (888) 373-7888.

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