JEFFERSON CITY, MO – A group of Missouri state legislators and citizens working together to combat the rapidly-growing criminal industry of human trafficking will hold a public hearing in Columbia.
The Human Trafficking Task force, which is chaired by state Rep. Elijah Haahr, will take public testimony on the issue during a 3 p.m. hearing on Thursday, September 29 at the University of Missouri, Old Alumni Center located at 1105 Carrie Francke Dr. in Columbia.
The task force was created by legislation sponsored by Haahr during the 2015 session. The group’s mission is to raise awareness of the human trafficking problem in Missouri and provide organizations and agencies that enforce human trafficking laws and assist victims with a central place to share information. The task force is charged with reporting a summary of its activities and making any recommendations for legislation to the General Assembly by January 1, 2017.