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We can continue to help stop Human Trafficking in Douglas County in 2024

Douglas County Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office recognize January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Posted on January 17, 2024 2024Health and Human Services



You’ve heard about human trafficking, but would you know if a child in your neighborhood was being targeted? Unfortunately, trafficking is happening in Douglas County, but gaining awareness is something we can all do to prevent this crime.

The Board of Douglas County Commissioners has formally recognized January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month in Douglas County to shine a light on the hidden ways residents are trafficked in our community. In partnership with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the Board passed a resolution during its regular business meeting Tuesday, Jan. 9.

In 2023, we took steps together to recognize and reduce human trafficking. We learned at our Live Town Hall that Human Trafficking is happening in our backyard and largely affects boys and girls under the age of 14 and vulnerable adults who have experienced trauma. The Board of County Commissioners took steps to reduce the crimes with licensing and inspections.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Chris Gallo, Special Victims Unit for the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office explained, “Due to the efforts and participation of Douglas County and support from the Douglas County Commissioners, the District Attorney’s office has successfully secured the longest sentences against human traffickers in the history of humanity.”

Together, we can continue the work in 2024.

“Attacking those who go after the most vulnerable in our community is the most important work we can do,” shared Douglas County Commissioner Abe Laydon. “What’s truly important is putting the funding, effort and energy behind vital efforts to prosecute and prevent human trafficking.”

Learn the signs of trafficking and what to report in this video, then share it with your loved ones. Together, we can raise awareness and protect our community from traffickers.

Learn more about the ordinance and partnership with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on our webpage.

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