Alabama Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Saturday, January 16, 2016

 

Today, authorities are educating Alabamians on the crime of human trafficking. This is the second annual observance of Alabama Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Heflin Police Department Chief AJ Benefield says they are focusing efforts on teaching people where trafficking is taking place and how to identify victims. He adds that the Heflin I-20 corridor is a hub for human trafficking. Heflin’s Beth-el Church Lead Pastor Jamie Bostic says his church is involved because they are called to help the victims of both human and sex trafficking. Bostic says he first discovered the need for victim relief on Facebook. Now his church travels out of state to help stop the abuse. Benefield says more than 50-thousand victims get imported and more than 300-thousand victims are abducted and taken overseas. He says that criminals also involve children in the crime. But, he adds if people are aware of their environment and report something that doesn’t appear right they may have saved multiple children’s lives.

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