RALEIGH —Lawyer Common Josh Stein joined native leaders in Charlotte immediately to spotlight state and native efforts to deal with human trafficking and assist survivors as a part of Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
Lawyer Common Stein was joined by Christine Lengthy, Govt Director of the North Carolina Human Trafficking Fee, District Lawyer Spencer Merriweather, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings, and different native leaders.
“Human trafficking is a criminal offense that exists within the shadows and even one sufferer is just too many,” mentioned Lawyer Common Josh Stein. “I’m proud to face with these advocates and legislation enforcement officers to recommit our efforts to struggle this horrendous crime so we are able to carry extra survivors into the sunshine.”
“We stand with our native & federal companions in opposition to human trafficking,” mentioned Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings. “CMPD trains officers to acknowledge victims and supply sources. Now we have seen a 77% enhance in human trafficking instances since final yr and we stay dedicated to this difficulty.”
“Charlotte persistently has the best prevalence for trafficking throughout the state of NC, however that additionally positions us to have the best affect as we pioneer options and advocacy for victims,” mentioned Hannah Arrowood, Govt Director of the Charlotte Metro Human Trafficking Job Power. “I’m assured that via a united effort, we are going to accomplish immeasurably greater than we are able to assume or think about on this struggle to fight human trafficking.”
In 2021, the Nationwide Human Trafficking Hotline reported 223 instances involving 340 victims in North Carolina. The Nationwide Human Trafficking Hotline is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days per week at 1-888-373-7888, or by textual content at 233733. Extra info on the Division of Justice’s work to confront human trafficking is accessible right here.