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U.S. attorneys held statewide human trafficking training

A training session took place in Hattiesburg Wednesday to combat the growing issue of human trafficking in Mississippi.

Posted: Aug 28, 2019 10:53 PM

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WTVA) -- Training sessions took place Wednesday at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg about human trafficking.

U.S. Attorneys Chad Lamar of the Northern District of Mississippi and Mike Hurst of the Southern District of Mississippi held the education and training sessions in an effort to combat the growing issue of this modern day form of slavery and oppression.

According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, there were 86 cases reported in Mississippi in 2018.  The number of cases more than doubled from 2017 when 42 cases were reported in the Magnolia State. 

Lamar said, ”The investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases remains a top priority for his office." 

Hurst said, “In the coming months, more will be done to address this issue to include the launch of a statewide human trafficking coordination council with federal, state and local partners." 

If you are a victim or suspect human trafficking is taking place, you can call the state Attorney General's human trafficking coordinator at 1-800-829-6766. 

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