Kansas Attorney General seeks to combat Human Trafficking

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt partners with Kansas Rotary International to combat human trafficking.

Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, which is on January 11 each year.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, human trafficking is one of the largest and fastest-growing criminal industries in the world. It involves recruiting, harboring and transporting people for the purpose of exploitation.

In 2021, Kansas legislatures passed a new law. It requires the posting of the National Human Trafficking Hotline in certain businesses and public places. As a result, the information can be readily available to victims who are being trafficked. It can also encourage the public to report instances of human trafficking.

“Since our state’s first anti-human trafficking law was enacted in 2005, Kansas has worked with strong bipartisan support – and with broad support from Kansas communities – to make great strides in combating this crime against human dignity,” Schmidt said. “I commend the Legislature in its efforts to increase awareness of trafficking in Kansas, and I am grateful to our Rotary partners for assisting in this effort to increase awareness.”

The new partnership with Rotary will multiply outreach efforts by equipping Rotarians with talking points and posters to distribute across Kansas. Posters also are available on the attorney general’s website in six languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Vietnamese
  • Hmong
  • Korean



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