The daylong initiative seeks to raise awareness about human trafficking in the state of Alabama. The fundraiser is continuing all month long, as part of January being "National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month".
"Human trafficking is a reality for this community", Smittcamp said. If you have information about a possible trafficking situation, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-373-7888 toll free. It is modern day slavery woven into the fabric of the community.
The ATA works closely with the non-profit organization Truckers Against Trafficking, which educates and mobilizes the trucking industry in its fight against human trafficking. Human trafficking reports to Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services increased more than 300 percent between 2013 and 2015.
Leslie said a year ago, the Task Force trained almost 3,000 people in West Virginia on how to spot human trafficking. "It can feel as if his or her entire world has been turned upside down, and - much too often - it can leave wounds that are unseen and which sometimes never truly or fully heal", said Hogan.
The website is a resource created to help raise awareness about human trafficking, prevent it from happening and help victims. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says it's a crime that happens every day, in every county. "When I tried to backpedal I went through a very horrific experience", said Rush.
McCormick shared her son's story alongside state officials addressing human trafficking in the state Tuesday.
Human Trafficking across the U.S.is a $9.5 billion a year industry and in Denver, Colo it is a $39.9 million industry, so bringing awareness that human trafficking is occurring and happening near us can help stop the business.
Some of the signs of human trafficking include a person who has little or no idea where they are geographically, someone with physical injuries or signs of abuse and a person who appears to be closely followed by someone else.
"I immediately realized I was under someone's control and I couldn't get out", she said.
"We are not having enough of a conversation countrywide about labor trafficking, and I think there are a lot of reasons for that", said Kathleen Kersh, staff attorney with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality in Dayton during the event's first breakout session exclusively on labor trafficking.