JULY 30- WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS

July 28, 2017

It is a sad fact that Human Trafficking is a heinous system in operation here in Mississippi today.

The Attorney General’s Office is dedicated to pursuing and prosecuting those who engage in the trade of human beings.   Previously, many of us believed that only women from foreign countries were sneaked into America for the sex trade, and that was the sum total of “Human Trafficking” in this country.  Sadly, we now know differently.  Victims of human trafficking can be the girl next door, someone who fell into the trap of bondage through drug addiction or bad choices or someone who came to this country to work and make a better life for themselves and their families. One thing is certain: those who profit off of  modern-day slavery, no matter for what purpose, deserve to be punished.

What is Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking is a form of modern day slavery where people profit from the exploitation of others. Victims of Human Trafficking can be men, women, or children of all races and nationalities. Human Trafficking takes many forms, but is  most easily divided into two types, sex trafficking and labor trafficking.

  • sex trafficking occurs when a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or when the person performing the commercial sex act has not attained 18 years of age.
  • labor trafficking occurs when an individual is recruited, harbored, transported, provided, or obtained for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion, for the purpose of subjection to some form of involuntary servitude, or debt bondage.

What is the Mississippi Attorney General doing?

The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office works closely with national and state authorities to improve our state’s response to human trafficking offenses.  In 2013, our office joined with a group of law enforcement officials, faith-based groups, advocates, legislators and lobbyists to help pass comprehensive legislation,  which passed overwhelmingly in the Legislature, to address the issue of human bondage in Mississippi.  With these amendments to the Human Trafficking Act , Mississippi’s laws now reflect current cutting edge shifts in the approach to human trafficking crimes– increasing the emphasis on offender accountability, while at the same time providing for safeguards and protections for victims of this horrible crime, such as safe harbor and confidentiality provisions for victims.

Human Trafficking Facts 

  • There are over 27 million slaves around the world-more than there have ever been in human history.
  • Human trafficking is a $32 billion industry.
  • Human trafficking is the 2nd largest criminal industry in the world and is the fastest growing lucrative industry.
  • The average victim of human trafficking is 12 years old.
  • Anyone is at risk of being trafficked.
  • According to the U.S. government, 100,000-300,000 children are at risk of being trafficked each year.

If you, or someone you know, has become a victim of Human Trafficking, or if you suspect that human trafficking is taking place, please call our Human Trafficking division at
1-800-829-6766.  Mississippi state law requires anyone who suspects that a person under the age of 18 is being trafficked to make a report to the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS).  The number for reporting suspected child trafficking to the MDHS is
1-800-222-8000.   The National Human Trafficking HOTLINE is 1-888-373-7888.

 

Click HERE for a list of online resources concerning Human Trafficking and the nation-wide efforts underway to combat it.

Click here to download a copy of our Human Trafficking brochure. 

 

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