Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes Appeals for Awareness During January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

AG Reyes emphasizes strategic partnerships among law enforcement,
first responders, and local communities are necessary to combat
modern-day slavery

Attorney General Sean Reyes
today issues the following statement to
bring attention to January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking
Prevention Month, placing additional emphasis on this important issue
and underscoring his role as Attorney General to educate and protect
Utah’s citizenry:

“Having witnessed its savagery and the resulting suffering up close, I
can attest that human trafficking robs its victims of innocence, dignity
and often hope. In turn, it fills them with terrible pain and shame. It
is a flagrant violation of human rights and a despicable crime of terror.

“It is critical that every American understands that human trafficking
is pervasive. It is can be present in any community — big cities, rural
towns and everywhere in between. And it is indiscriminate in its
victimization of people of all backgrounds regardless of wealth or
station. We need to protect our young and most vulnerable citizens.

“For this reason, I have made the eradication of human trafficking a
priority in my administration. And we need the help of all citizens who
value virtue and freedom. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue but
a humanitarian one.

“I appreciate the President’s proclamation of January as ‘National
Slavery and Trafficking Prevention’ month. It is critical for Utah and
all states to work even more closely with law enforcement, various first
responders and the communities who come in contact with human
trafficking victims to combat modern-day slavery. I invite all Utahns to
get involved in the fight against human trafficking.”


The Honorable Sean D. Reyes is the 21st Attorney General and first
ethnic minority elected statewide in Utah. Reyes has received wide
praise for transforming the Utah AG’s office, regaining public trust,
and successfully handling many of the most important cases in the
state’s history. In 2014, Reyes garnered international acclaim when news
broke of his involvement in South America with Operation Underground
Railroad, having joined a covert sting where he posed as a bodyguard and
translator to help liberate more than 100 children from a sexual
trafficking ring with widespread reach. The sting had the support of
both the U.S. and Colombian governments.

For more information, visit seanreyes.com
or attorneygeneral.utah.gov.


For Utah
Attorney General Reyes

Lee Rech, 801-556-8423