Human Trafficking Unit

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To Report Human Trafficking

Mississippi state law requires anyone who suspects that human trafficking is taking place to a victim under the age of 18, to contact the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-222-8000 or https://reportabuse.mdcps.ms.gov/

If you are a victim, or you suspect that human trafficking is taking place, please contact your local law enforcement agency and report to the State Human Trafficking Coordinator, Ashlee Lucas at reportht@dps.ms.gov

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 or text BEFREE (233733)  

 

What is Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking is broadly defined as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person, through the use of force, fraud or coercion, for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude or forced labor or services.  

Human Trafficking comes in many forms but is most easily categorized as either labor trafficking or sex trafficking. Labor trafficking involves using force, fraud or coercion to recruit, harbor, transport, obtain or employ a person for labor or services in involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery, and victims of labor trafficking can be found in situations including, but not limited to, domestic situations such as nannies or maids, sweatshop factories, janitorial jobs, construction sites, farm work, restaurants and panhandling.  

Sex trafficking involves commercial sex acts (which includes engaging in sex acts, the production of sexually oriented materials or sexually explicit performances) induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person performing the act(s) is under the age of 18. 

 

Statewide Coordination

The 2019 Mississippi Legislature moved the State Human Trafficking Coordinator position from the Attorney General’s Office and added a Human Trafficking Analyst position within the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety in HB 571. This bill adds clarification to the existing language in the Mississippi Human Trafficking Act that a minor cannot be charged with prostitution – under any circumstance. It also includes mandatory training and requires that every investigation of an offense shall be reported to the State Human Trafficking Coordinator by the initiating law enforcement agency. To review HB 571, click HERE.

 

CONTACT 

Ashlee Lucas

State Human Trafficking Coordinator

Office: 601-987-1671

alucas@dps.ms.gov