SYLACAUGA, Ala. – At Tuesday’s council meeting, Sylacauga Mayor Jim Heigl proclaimed the city would recognize Friday, Jan. 10, as Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the request of the Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force.


Tomorrow, the Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force is partnering with the Alabama League of Municipalities asking city and town mayors to sign Proclamations during the month of January in observance of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Watch Mayor Jim Heigl make the proclamation below at 00:01:15 mark  of the council meeting:

This coordinated effort is the sixth annual Alabama Human Trafficking Awareness Day and will be presented annually to spread awareness of human trafficking across our state. Interviews are available with members and supporters of the Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force.

Human Trafficking Awareness Day precedes the Alabama Human Trafficking Summit to be held on Friday, Jan. 31 in Montgomery. The daylong training is open to the public.

The purpose and agenda of the Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force include the following:
1. To combat all aspects of human trafficking, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking.
2. To pursue a comprehensive response to crimes of human trafficking.
3. To coordinate strategies to provide necessary services for victims of human trafficking.
4. To focus prevention efforts to end the demand for human trafficking and create awareness through education and community initiatives.
5. To develop legislation to prevent, intervene, and treat human trafficking.

The Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force was established in 2014 and meets once a quarter at the Alabama State House. Meetings are open to the public. For more information about the Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force, please visit www.enditalabama.org.

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