The Mississippi Department of Transportation is working to combat human trafficking.
MDOT has partnered with agencies in the state and across the country identifying January As Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
According to The National Human Trafficking Resource Center, in Mississippi, there were 86 cases of human trafficking reported in 20-18.
In 2015, Governor Bryant created a task force which trained officers across the state in identifying trafficking victims.
“You can see our area especially around Meridian area a great way to traffic people through. There are several major intersections that come through our area. That makes it easy to get someone a track. Even rural communities are not exempt from this that’s where a lot of recruits come from, said ” Sara Smith,Care Lodge Community Coordinator.
Representatives with M-Dot say it is important to speak up or provide help if you know someone that is a victim of human trafficking.