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Jan. 9, 2024Jefferson City, Mo. |  By: Jeremy Werner

MODoT recognizes January as human trafficking month

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - January marks National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and tomorrow is designated as the national awareness day.

In 2000, the U.S. committed to combat human trafficking through the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna, in 2018, signed the Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking pledge.

As a vital transportation hub, Missouri is susceptible to trafficking, with 240 reported cases in 2021. MO-DOT equips employees with training to recognize indicators, utilizing their unique position on state roadways.

McKenna urges all Missourians to join the fight, learn warning signs, and report suspicions to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733.

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