Human Trafficking in Alabama
In a report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. Today, Alabama is increasing its efforts to implement the protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in people. Alabama Human Traffickiing Task Force Chair Representative Jack Williams of Jefferson County says Alabama cities are signing proclamations in observance of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Officials say Huntsville is the midpoint between several human trafficking hubs in the Southeast including Birmingham, Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Task force officials say I-20 and I-65 are also known as major human trafficking corridors. The task force was formed by Governor Robert Bentley in March 2014 and has quarterly public meetings at the Alabama State House.