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MSHP, MoDOT team up to prevent human trafficking

WGEM News at Ten
Published: Jan. 17, 2022 at 12:18 AM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month and state agencies across Missouri are teaming up to bring education on the subject to the region.

MoDOT officials said they’ve teamed up with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement to educate the public on signs of the crime.

Troopers in Troop B said there are a number of indicators that someone might be a victim of human trafficking, and many aren’t always obvious.

“Someone traveling without a parent or guardian, someone a lot older than them, someone who looks under duress or maybe has depression or anxiety, is very soft spoken or maybe gives coached or tailored answers when being questioned,” corporal Justin Dunn said.

Dunn said anyone who believes someone might be a human trafficking victim should call 911 immediately.

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