19 minutes | Jan 28th 2020

Human trafficking a problem in the Carolinas

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(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Human trafficking is a problem that persists in the Carolinas, as North Carolina is ranked 7th worst in the nation for human trafficking, with Charlotte having the most reported cases in the state.

The International Labor Organization estimates 20 to 30 million people are trafficked each year. According to experts, Interstate 85 plays a large role in the amount of trafficking that goes through the Charlotte area.

Kyle Hern with Justice Ministries -- a nonprofit in Charlotte that serves victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation through outreach, emergency services and transitional care -- was a guest on the Palmetto Report to discuss the topic.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is 888-373-7888 or you can text "help" to 233733.

The hotline is operated 24 hours, 7 days a week and is available in more than 200 languages, including English and Spanish.

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