Human trafficking, also known as modern day slavery, reportedly earns $35 billion a year.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
It is called the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world. Human trafficking, also known as modern day slavery, reportedly earns $35 billion a year.
Jackson residents learned more about human trafficking during a seminar at Greater Antioch Baptist Church Sunday evening. Advocates for Freedom made the presentation and said children as young as 12 are being abducted, sold and forced into prostitution or labor.
"Jackson is the hub for the southeast and they're bringing people from Atlanta, the northeast down through here going toward Texas or from the northwest going toward Florida," explained Susie Harvill Executive Director and Founder of Advocates for Freedom.
Interstate 10, which runs across Mississippi, is described as a major trafficking corridor.
Attendees also heard from a Jackson mother who said her 19-year-old recently became a victim and was missing for six days until she was found by authorities in Florida.
"We'll be talking about developing a routine, being in constant contact with people so if anything happens they'll know where to look, where to start looking, because I didn't have that information when I was going through that," said Selika Corley, mother of a victim and human trafficking advocate.
Senate Bill 2913 on human trafficking addresses the perpetrators and penalties they face.
Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:27:00 GMT
A Jackson Prep football player hospitalized following Friday night's game has died. Walker Wilbanks was transported Friday to the hospital during the second half of the school's home football game againstMore >>
Pressler says Walker's death was an "unfortunate freak event" revolving around the balance of sodium and water in the body. He says it had no reflection of being over or underhydrated.
Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
Saturday, August 30 2014 9:55 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:55:31 GMT
A Cirrus SR22 recreational plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean Saturday, about 50 miles from Wallops Island, Va. The Coast Guard reported one person was on board.A Coast Guard team from Elizabeth City,More >>
A Cirrus SR22 recreational plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean Saturday, 51 miles southeast of Chincoteague Island, Va. The Coast Guard reported one person was on board.More >>
WLBT 3 - Fox 40
715 South Jefferson Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201