The Department of Public Safety has launched a new tool in the fight to combat human trafficking in Mississippi.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Human Trafficking/Special Victims Unit, a division of DPS, announced the creation of a website dedicated to combatting human trafficking. Funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the stated goal of the site is to provide citizens with a centralized location for information related to human trafficking in Mississippi.
The site, dps.ms.gov/humantrafficking/, provides instructions and contact information to report human trafficking for victims and those that suspect human trafficking. Users can also access statistics related to human trafficking reports in the state.
“The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Human Trafficking/Special Victims Unit’s new human trafficking website illustrates our continued commitment to ending human trafficking in Mississippi,” Governor Tate Reeves said. “The website will raise awareness about human trafficking while providing citizens with the tools needed to identify and report this heinous crime, ultimately allowing us to hold traffickers accountable and create a safer Mississippi for all.”
The website also offers a variety of resources, including links to numerous national and state organizations committed to fighting human trafficking and assisting victims of human trafficking. Users interested in hosting a training or in need of a speaker to discuss human trafficking can submit a training request through the website. The website also outlines the establishment, purpose, structure, and initiatives of the Mississippi Human Trafficking Council.
“With the mission of making Mississippi a safer place for the state’s residents in mind, we are proud to announce the launch of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Human Trafficking/Special Victims Unit’s dedicated human trafficking website,” DPS Commissioner Sean Tindell said. “It is our hope that this website will serve as a resource for citizens and an instrument in the fight against human trafficking in Mississippi.”
The creation of the site is the latest step in the fight against human trafficking. Recently, Attorney General Lynn Fitch’s office announced the new ‘Be the Solution’ campaign to help raise awareness in Mississippi.