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State Sen. Troy Singleton announced the launch of a new anti-human trafficking campaign Friday.
“It is no secret that human trafficking occurs across our nation, and here in New Jersey. Victims are often hiding in plain sight, and we need to do everything we can to let them know that help is just a phone call away,” said Singleton. “This initiative is a prime example of how different branches of government, and various agencies, can work cooperatively for the greater good — in this case on behalf of the men, women, and children who are trafficked through New Jersey.”
The multi-agency program will be administered jointly by the office of the Attorney General and the Turnpike Authority.
The program will see state and federal human trafficking hotline numbers displayed in 48 restrooms along 17 rest stops NJ Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.
“These posters will be viewed by millions of people who pass through the rest stops along the New Jersey Turnpike and the Parkway each year. They are designed to speak directly to those who may be looking for a way out of a trafficking situation, as well as to those who may have witnessed any form of trafficking; for those who may need immediate emergency assistance, as well as those who need information or longer term support.” Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said. “I want to thank everyone who took part in the truly collaborative effort that will raise awareness and save lives.”
The action is followed by two anti-trafficking bills that would require commercial driver license applicants complete training courses on how to spot and handle suspected human trafficking and that would allow for civil suits against those profiting from the crime.
“This collaborative effort will help raise awareness of human trafficking and provide a vital lifeline to its victims,” said NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, who is chair of the Turnpike Authority Board of Commissioners. “It is important that we do everything we can to assist the most vulnerable among us.”