Gov. John Bel Edwards has proclaimed January 2018 Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Louisiana.

“Human trafficking really is modern day slavery and we know that it is happening throughout the local communities right here in Louisiana more than some people may realize,” said Gov. Edwards. “We are going to continue to bring people together to make sure that we bring every resource to bear in putting an end to this dangerous epidemic.”

This action comes in addition to the steps Gov. Edwards has taken to make human trafficking in Louisiana a priority for his administration including spearheading a series of human trafficking summits around the state and the creation of the Human Trafficking Prevention Commission and Human Trafficking Prevention Advisory Board.

Read the governor’s proclamation here.