The face of human trafficking is constantly changing as we learn more about the cases and victims. What used to be considered an international issue is hitting closer to home.
Now, a non-profit group in Franklin, the St. Mary Community Action Agency, has teamed up with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants to assist victims of human trafficking. CEO of the agency, Ametria J. Franklin says she was startled when she heard the numbers, "we never thought that we had a problem in Louisiana or our region."
There have been 18 confirmed cases of human trafficking in Louisiana this year and Baton Rouge was recently named one of the top ten cities in the U.S. for the crime by Shared Hope International.
Case workers in Franklin have been going through extensive training to deal with the sensitive nature of the subject. Ametria J. Franklin says, "all of this is very new to us, we haven't started yet we've just reached out to the victims."
The St. Mary Community Action Agency
Alliance of Guestworkers for Dignity