AUGUSTA – Officials say human trafficking is a bigger problem in maine than many people realize.
That’s why a “Human Trafficking Awareness Day” was held at the State House in Augusta Wednesday.
Activists gathered to share their stories and information.
Right now, several hundred men and women from Maine are believed to be currently under the control of human trafficking rings. One woman,Tricia Grant, who was able to escape from the trade of trafficking is now hoping to help others.
Grant said “It’s hard to talk about it. So people either ignore it or they’re just ignorant to the fact, it doesn’t even exist here. That’s in another country. One of the biggest problems is that people do believe that. And that’s obviously not accurate. It’s been happening for years and years. And it’s still continuing to happen today.”
One member of the *”Not Here Justice in Action Network” sayid human trafficking goes beyond sex workers in Maine, as some farm hands and dock workers also are caught up in human trafficking.
Lawmakers have submitted a number of proposed bills dealing with human trafficking. They are expected to be discussed later in the session.