North State Journal: Lawmakers target human trafficking in North Carolina

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"RALEIGH — State lawmakers are taking steps to further combat human trafficking in North Carolina.

According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, North Carolina is among the top 10 states for human trafficking cases. This number reflects both sex trafficking and forced labor.

Joy Anderson, a sex trafficking survivor, said she was brought to Charlotte by her traffickers who dragged her and other women around the country, often following large conventions and events.

“I actually didn’t know the term ‘sex trafficking’ when I was enslaved,” said Anderson, who joined lawmakers, including bill sponsors Reps. Bill Brawley (R-Mecklenburg), Nelson Dollar (R-Wake) and Chris Malone (R-Wake), at a press conference on Tuesday. “I just thought this was my lot in life.”

Brawley says that the Safe Harbor Law passed in 2013, which significantly increased punishment for both traffickers and purchasers, helped to crack down on the illicit industry but that it became increasingly clear that additional support was needed for the victims of human trafficking."

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