The Board of Sequoyah County Commissioners proclaimed January human trafficking and stalking awareness month at their weekly meeting Monday.
According to sources, human trafficking is the fastest-growing crime in the United States, bringing in about $32 billion a year -- more than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined.
More than half of trafficking victims are under age 17, but adults can be victimized as well, officials said.
The crime of stalking is also on the rise. Statistics show that one in six women will be stalked at some point in their lives. About one in 17 men will be stalked.
Sallisaw Police Chief Terry Franklin said stalking and human trafficking make his job more difficult. “It’s a tough job when you see this day in and day out, for advocates and police.” He said his department has been “inundated” with stalking cases. “It’s a shame we always have to be on defense” against such crimes, he added.
In other business, the commissioners awarded a pair of bids, one for the interior renovations being made at the Sequoyah County Health Department and one for the purchase of a tractor for county District 1.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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