Today, Nebraska Family Alliance (NFA) joined Governor Pete Ricketts, Attorney General Doug Peterson, state senators, and other anti-trafficking groups at the state capitol for a signing ceremony declaring January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
In a statement, NFA Policy Director Nate Grasz said:
“Human trafficking is modern day slavery in which people profit from exploiting others through force, fraud, coercion, or deception. And it happens everywhere, even in Nebraska.
While Nebraska is not isolated from the scourge of human trafficking, we are grateful for the broad coalition of legislators, service providers, advocacy groups, churches, and diligent citizens who make our state a leader in combating human trafficking.
Nebraska Family Alliance commends Governor Pete Ricketts, Attorney General Doug Peterson, Nebraska’s federal representatives, and our state senators for their dedication to fighting trafficking and ensuring justice for survivors.”
Each January is recognized as Human Trafficking Awareness Month and creates an essential opportunity for Nebraskans to learn about this issue in our state.
A 2015 report from the Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking found that at least 47 Nebraska school girls are known to be trafficked each year, and a 2017 Human Trafficking Initiative study from Creighton University found that 900 individuals are advertised for sex online each month in Nebraska.
Thankfully, in recent years Nebraska has enacted substantial anti-trafficking laws to deter and prosecute traffickers, increase criminal penalties related to trafficking, target trafficking rings, and expand access to services for survivors.
Nebraska Family Alliance supports efforts to prevent trafficking, increase awareness, provide rescue and restoration to victims, and punish those who attempt to sell and purchase human beings as commodities.