Senate Republican Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release: Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the State House
Augusta – On Wednesday, January 11, a press conference was held at the State House to discuss human trafficking awareness and prevention work. The event was attended by about 50 people, including legislators, Maine State Police officers, media and activists.
Long an advocate for human trafficking awareness and assisting victims, this was the third year Sen. Amy Volk, District 30, has arranged such an event at the State House, in collaboration with the Not Here Justice in Action Network.
“When it comes to the very real issue of human trafficking, education and prevention are key,” said Sen. Volk. “There are many misconceptions regarding human trafficking that are important to dispel. This isn’t a problem existing only within big cities. While we all want to believe that this isn’t happening right under our noses, there are hundreds of victims trafficked in Maine.”
Speaking at the event was Phillip Crowell Jr., Chief of Police from Auburn Maine and Co-founder of the Not Here Justice in Action Network, Meg Elam, Assistant Attorney General, Jennifer Morin, Program Director of Not Here and representatives of various organizations.
Tricia Grant, a survivor of human trafficking who also spoke at the event, highlighted the need for awareness, saying that it would have only taken one person who knew the warning signs of human trafficking to have saved her from her abusers.