Human Trafficking in NEA; Stealing freedom for profit
Human trafficking can happen to anyone. Victims are not only young people involved with the child welfare system or runaways; although these situations can be conducive to becoming trafficking prey. Traffickers are known to exploit children, but also women and men. A report by the Polaris Project states that human trafficking is a $150 billion global industry that robs 25 million people around the world of their freedom.
Last year in order to combat trafficking in Arkansas and to increase public awareness, State Rep. Greg Leding-D sponsored Act 937 that was approved April 12, 2019 to help Arkansas fight human trafficking. The legislation requires that the Department of Education and the Department of Human Services shall collaborate on providing awareness and training materials to local school districts on human trafficking.
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