Human trafficking is not just someone else’s problem. It happens right here in the Tennessee Valley.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall released a statement in support of Human Trafficking Awareness Day that reads, in part:
“Not only is human trafficking a global tragedy, it is heartbreakingly present in our own state of Alabama. Human trafficking is only behind drug trafficking as the second largest criminal industry in the world, with an all-time high of 27 million victims enslaved today. Right here in Alabama, our interstates–I-20, I-85, I-10 and I-65—are major routes for human trafficking.
“Human trafficking involves victims being used for commercial sex or forced labor. Traffickers target those who are most vulnerable, using threats or torture to wear down its victims and render them powerless to seek help. Tragically, the average age of victims is reported to be 12 years old, and one-third of runaway children are victimized within the first two days of leaving home.
“I want to remind human traffickers of the promise I made them last year: We are coming after you. This year, another promise: We will only become more relentless—until the day we End It.”
The AG’s office asks that if you See Something, Say Something. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-373-7888, or call local law enforcement.