SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and
representatives of community organizations gathered on Friday in recognition of “National Slavery and
Human Trafficking Prevention Month.”
In addition, an organization devoted to raising awareness and preventing human trafficking is holding a special event in Salisbury on Saturday night.
"We're just hoping people will open their eyes, realize that it's going on, and be willing to get up and speak out that we'll have more voices against this," said Mitzi Weber who will be working with Triad Ladder of Hope in Salisbury.
"People thought this was going on in other countries or in big cities, not right here in Salisbury, or our back doors," Weber added.
"North Carolina is actually ranked #8 right now as having the highest number of victims that are trafficked," Weber added. "That's because of the interstates that we have running through North Carolina as well as the agriculture that we have here too, plus we have port cities, military bases, all those things contribute to having a higher rate of trafficking."