January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Started by a Presidential Proclamation in 2011, the month is intended to raise public awareness of modern-day slavery. The anniversary of this proclamation, Jan. 11, is known as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) is working to establish comprehensive human trafficking court personnel and judicial education training programs that build on and enhance the numerous local, regional, national court, justice partner and service provider programs readily available.
Through anti-human trafficking efforts of the N.C. Human Trafficking Commission, citizens can learn to recognize the signs of human trafficking and how to report suspected instances. By taking steps to become familiar with the telltale signs of traffickers or the signals of their victims, citizens can save innocent lives.
Human Trafficking is a crime that involves the exploitation of a person for the purpose of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud or coercion. Human traffickers target all populations around the world and in our own neighborhoods; children are the most vulnerable, particularly runaway and homeless youth.
For more information on human trafficking reports and legislation, view the Human Trafficking Commission Reports and Materials at nccourts.gov/commissions/human-trafficking-commission/human-trafficking-commission-reports-and-materials.