COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - More than 5,000 cases of human trafficking have been reported nationwide in 2018, said Lowndes County Lt. Tony Cooper.
On Tuesday, Cooper spoke to Rotary Club members about the dangers of human trafficking in the area but also talked about child exploitation. Lowndes County investigators work three to four cases of child exploitation every month, he said.
Cooper said human trafficking is controlling a person and forcing them to do things against their will. Exploitation is swapping images or having inappropriate conversations online, usually between an adult and a child.
He encourages parents to watch their children's online activity closely and to report anything suspicious to their local sheriff's office.