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Organization encourages AR, MO residents to report human trafficking

Number of cases in Missouri (Source: National Human Trafficking Resource Center) Number of cases in Missouri (Source: National Human Trafficking Resource Center)
Number of cases in Arkansas (Source: National Human Trafficking Resource Center) Number of cases in Arkansas (Source: National Human Trafficking Resource Center)
(KAIT) -

While a sheriff in Missouri pushes for more awareness about human trafficking in the state, an organization wants people to be informed when it comes to reporting cases there and in Arkansas.

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter will work in a human trafficking task force to bring awareness of a growing problem in Missouri.

According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, 1,230 calls have been made since 2007. That is two times more than the calls received in Arkansas since then.

Arkansas also reported having 52 human trafficking victims at high risk since that year, but Missouri had around 4 times that amount with 220 victims.

Just this year, Arkansas has had 22 calls reported with 7 of them turning out to be cases, while Missouri has 77 calls with 15 cases, so far.

The most recent case in Region 8 was reported in May.

It was when Amber Nicole Johnson, 28, of Wynne was accused of forcing two girls, ages 14 and 17, into performing sexual acts for money.

NHTRC encourages anyone with information about a human trafficking case to call its hotline at (888)373-7888.

However the organization said to call 911 if you are in immediate danger.

If you need help identifying human trafficking, click here for tips.

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