Senate Republican Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUSTA – On Wednesday, January 10, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Amy Volk (R-Cumberland) hosted the 4th Annual Human Trafficking day at the State House in collaboration with Not Here Justice in Action Network.
The purpose of the annual event was to raise awareness of the issue and discuss important prevention work in Maine. Senator Volk has successfully passed legislation to address the issue in the past and has pending legislation, LD 951 and LD 1740, in this session of the legislature, as well.
“While many people assume that human trafficking occurs mostly in large cities and foreign countries, the truth of the matter is that it’s happening right here within our communities in Maine,” said Sen. Volk.
“During my time in Augusta, arrests have been made in my suburban district and I have met a number of survivors, some as young as my own children, others older than I am. It’s heartbreaking, but by working together and recognizing the warning signs, we can identify more victims, curb demand and bring abusers to justice.”
Speakers at the event included Attorney General Janet Mills, Carey Nason from Hope Rising and a number of survivors including Dee Clarke, Cathy Geren and Tricia Grant.