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MSP working with neighboring states to combat human trafficking

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Posted at 9:32 AM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 09:32:16-05

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State Police motor carrier officers are teaming up during National Human Trafficking Awareness Month with officers from neighboring states to raise awareness of human trafficking.

They will work with their colleagues in the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Illinois State Police and Indiana State Police, along with the organization Truckers Against Trafficking, to educate drivers about the signs of human trafficking and to enforce laws that crack down on traffickers, according to a news release Tuesday.

The initiative started Monday and goes through Friday.

The goal of the weeklong effort is to raise awareness and educate those individuals in positions to observe human trafficking taking place, such as commercial motor vehicle drivers, public transportation companies, rest area attendants and truck stop employees.

MSP first partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking in 2015.

To report suspected human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resources Center at 888-373-7888 or text BeFree to 233733.