January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. It is estimated that up to 40.3 million people around the world are being trafficked.

Human trafficking, or modern-day slavery, represents an imminent threat throughout the world, with an estimated 1.5 million victims in the U.S. alone. Sex trafficking is one of the world’s largest criminal enterprises, involving the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. And it is everywhere – including urban, suburban and rural communities throughout Georgia.

With the creation of the Georgians for Refuge, Action, Compassion, and Education (GRACE) Commission through an Executive Order signed by Governor Brian P. Kemp and co-chaired by First Lady Marty Kemp, Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones and Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Director Vic Reynolds, the State of Georgia is moving swiftly and comprehensively to eliminate human trafficking as a threat to people in every corner of Georgia. 

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