Governor Phil Bryant is joining forces with other state leaders to curb a major problem in Mississippi. This week, the Governor announced a new human trafficking task force for Mississippi.
It’s a quiet kept issue with victims that are often hard to identify. That’s why Governor Bryant is overseeing a new task force to finally put an end to human trafficking here in the state.
“We’ve got to stop it,” Governor Bryant said. “These children, no matter where come from, no matter how they got here, should not be sexually abused. (They) should not be put through the human trafficking corridor that passes through the state of Mississippi.”
The Governor says that corridor is a heavily traveled path that leads to other southern states where the issue is also prevalent. Human trafficking is the illegal movement of people, usually with the purpose of sexual exploitation. It’s a problem that the Governor says goes far beyond Mississippi.
“This is a huge problem in the United States and unfortunately Interstate 20 is a corridor that leads to Atlanta,” Governor Bryant said. “Atlanta seems to be one of the areas where a lot of human trafficking is taking place. The Attorney General and I are working with homeland security and we’re going to do all we can to protect these children. ”