Secretary of State and USM Host Anti-Trafficking Summit

Secretary of State and USM Host Anti-Trafficking Summit

Unknown to many, Mississippi is a trafficking hotspot due to major highways like I-10 running through it and the various ports it offers to the public.

When Secretary of State Michael Watson heard about this, he set out to raise awareness and save lives. Watson is partnering with USM to create the Mississippi Business Summit Against Human Trafficking.

At the summit, people will learn about the tricks used by criminals and how to detect a human trafficking incident.

Other organizations, such as the Center for Violence Prevention and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, set up stands to offer resources to visitors. Watson said, “When I was in the legislature, a few people came up to me and said, ‘Look, we want to talk to you about human trafficking,’ and I said, ‘Well, that’s good, but it’s really in Los Angeles, it’s in Vegas, it’s in New York, it’s not exactly in Mississippi.” But they gave me an example of what is happening here in Lincoln County, Mississippi, where a grandfather sold his granddaughter for drug money. And when I heard that, I really knew it was here in Mississippi. As a father of three daughters, I couldn’t just stand by. I had to go into business and work in Mississippi doing human trafficking. So it started in the legislature and now it’s gone all the way to the secretary of state.”

If you or someone you are currently dealing with is being trafficked, call the anti-trafficking hotline at 888-373-7888 or text “be free”.

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