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Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg to declare January “Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month” in Iowa


This news story was published on January 16, 2019.
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DES MOINES – On Thursday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. in the State Capitol Rotunda, Gov. Kim Reynolds will sign a proclamation declaring January as “Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month.” The Governor has been actively involved in this issue for many years and serves as an honorary board member for the Network Against Trafficking and Slavery.

“The harsh reality is dozens of victims are being trafficked in Iowa every day and most traffickers go undetected and unreported. That’s why we must join together to prevent human trafficking and end this unspeakable crime in our state, nation, and around the world,” stated Gov. Reynolds.

The Governor went on to say, “Having more eyes and ears available in every community can help government officials, educators, social workers, hotel staff, and law enforcement officers respond more effectively. We must let human trafficking victims know that we’re fighting for their freedom and a better way of life.”

Joining Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg will be Dr. George Belitsos, the board chair of the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery. Immediately following the proclamation signing, Dr. Belitsos and Gov. Reynolds will present “Outstanding Anti-Trafficking Service Awards” to recognize five Iowans for their commitment to eradicating the crime of sex and labor trafficking. Those five individuals are Teresa Davidson, Joy Fopma, Motor Vehicle Enforcement Chief David Lorenzen, Stephen Patrick O’Meara, and Vanessa McNeal.

“When the Network began 13 years ago, human trafficking was not recognized as a problem in Iowa. Thankfully, that has now changed and the response by Iowa communities and government agencies has greatly increased,” stated Dr. Belitsos.

“The Network is very grateful for the support we have seen from Gov. Reynolds. She continually places a spotlight on this horrible crime, which raises public awareness. Today, we’re asking all Iowans to learn more about trafficking, become aware that it is happening in Iowa, and to report suspicious activity. If you see something, say something.”

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9 Responses to Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg to declare January “Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month” in Iowa

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Leave it to a few NITwits on this site to mock something that is good and necessary in the area.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Will the seminar be held in Hampton or Eagle Grove ?

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    Slaves of City & County Officials Reply Report comment

    January 16, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    The taxpayer of Mason City are slaves to the city and county officials – the same idiots they voted in.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 16, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Half way through the month, lets declare January, “Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month.”

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 17, 2019 at 10:21 am

      Yeah because the legislative session starts in January moron, now next year it will run for the entire month.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 16, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    You should try to strive for accuracy for a change.
    Gregg is the “acting” Lt. Governor, not the Lt. Governor.

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      Did you vote???? Reply Report comment

      January 17, 2019 at 4:08 pm

      And, you should strive to become informed too. If you’ll recall, there was an election held last November and if you had paid attention, you would have realized that Kim Reynolds and Adam Gregg were ELECTED as Governor & Lt. Governor.

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    Don’t shut down China Buffet? Reply Report comment

    January 16, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    So they gonna shut down China Buffet?