CAMBRIDGE – The County Council proclaimed the month of January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Dorchester at their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 7 in Cambridge. With the proclamation, Dorchester joins the state and federal government in making the designation for January to bring attention to the issue of sexual and labor trafficking.
The Council members presented their proclamation to Denae Spiering of For All Seasons, a behavioral health and rape crisis center on the Mid Shore.
According to the proclamation, Maryland has one of the highest state rates of human trafficking, a crime with 25 million victims nationwide. Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry behind drug trafficking, and Maryland has the unfortunate statistic of being located on a main corridor of the crime. Human trafficking can include abusive labor practices as well as sex trade-related crimes.
If you see a situation that might be human trafficking, contact law enforcement.
Assistance for victims of human trafficking is available in English by call 800-310-7273, or in Spanish by calling 410-829-6143.
For more information about human trafficking and how you can help, call 410-822-1018, or go online to https://forallseasonsinc.org/.