MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Last year thirty seven cases of human trafficking were reported in Alabama. Cases involving sex and/or labor induced by force, fraud, coercion or in which the person induced to perform such acts was under 18 years of age.
Last year the legislature passed Joint Resolution 270 sponsored by State Representative Jack Williams (R-Vestavia Hills). The resolution was quickly signed by Governor Bentley in April, and the Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force was established.
The primary purpose of this task force is combat all aspects of human trafficking, develop comprehensive responses to this crime, coordinate strategies to provide services for victims, focus on prevention efforts, foster awareness and develop legislation to prevent, intervene and treat human trafficking victims.
Thirty seven cases is too many, but that is fewer than the forty four cases reported in 2013, so we are moving in the right direction.
We commend Representative Williams and the task force and look forward to the day when Alabama has not one case of human trafficking reported.