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'Savannah Traffick Jam 2016' to be held to raise awareness of human trafficking


January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. It’s an issue that’s affecting cities nationwide, even right here in the Savannah area.

Local, state, and federal officials are joining forces on Saturday in an attempt to spread the word. They’ll be shedding light on the crime with an event called “Savannah Traffick Jam 2016.”

This is being held in response to “Operation Dark Night,” where authorities discovered a large scale human trafficking case in our area. It will be held in the auditorium and grand lobby of Armstrong State University, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Savannah Inter Agency Diversity Council says the goal of the event is to remind residents that human trafficking is present here in the Coastal Empire, and the victims can range from children to adults. They will also provide signs to look out for and different ways for victims to reach local and government resources available in the city.

To put things into perspective, the Trafficking Resource Center says in 2015 alone, 136 Human Trafficking cases were reported in Georgia. In South Carolina, there were 50.

Speakers will include Attorney General, Sam Olens, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, Edward Tarver, two survivors who will share their stories, and law enforcement and representatives from the community. 

Participants will enjoy panel discussions as well as free dancing and a film screening.  It's open to the public and completely free. 

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