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WHEREAS, human trafficking is a crime in which force, fraud, or coercion is used to compel a person to perform labor, services, or commercial sex, according to the U.S. Department of Defense; and

WHEREAS, human trafficking is a human rights and public health crisis, including international and domestic survivors of both labor and sex trafficking; and

WHEREAS, traffickers target those who are most vulnerable in our communities, including children and young adults, and survivors come from many different backgrounds; and

WHEREAS, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, in 2019 there were approximately 239 human trafficking cases reported in Nevada, with 129 of those cases involving minors; and

WHEREAS, advocates, law enforcement agencies, and policy experts across Nevada continue working tirelessly to increase access to services and raise awareness of this important issue; and

WHEREAS, January is a time to remember and honor all victims and survivors, as well as raise awareness to help prevent human trafficking;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim January 2021 as

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 29th day of December 2020.

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