HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Human trafficking impacts an estimated 27 million people around the world. It amounts to modern-day slavery, and experts say most people don't realize it is happening right here in North Alabama.
The Huntsville-Madison County Human Trafficking Task Force was formed to raise public awareness; educate the community; and advocate to affect change in local, regional and state policies related to human trafficking.
With a special emphasis on sexual exploitation, the Human Trafficking Task Force works with service providers, law enforcement and other agencies and coalitions across the county, north Alabama and the state to prevent human trafficking.
The task force welcomed the newest chapter of Stella's Voice founded by students at UAH. Organizers say Stella's Voice provides a home for poverty-ridden girls in Moldova after they are aged out of the state-run orphanages at the young age of 16. The ministry also has the only Christian orphanage in the country, as well as a separate home for boys. UAH students are working with the local task force to help spread the word about human trafficking around the world.
The Human Trafficking Task Force meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the National Children’s Advocacy Center. If you are interested in participating on the Task Force, contact info@STNOW.org.
The Human Trafficking Task Force is sponsored by Tennessee Valley Family Services. For more information about Tennessee Valley Family Services: www.safeplacehelps.org