Shelter for child human trafficking victims of ‘superhighway’ I-20 planned for Shelby County

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Alabama Human Trafficking Summit convened for the third time in Montgomery on Friday–also kicking off the weekend of the biggest sporting event in the country.

While those two things may sound completely independent of each other, experts say that past statistics have shown otherwise, and Alabama also plays a part in the unsettling phenomenon.

“There were 300 more ads for prostitution or sex trafficking during past major sporting events, and that’s because anytime you have a 100,000 or more people encroaching on a city then you’re going to have those pimps coming to that city as well, because that’s how they make their money,” explained Alexa James, co-founder and Vice President of Blanket Fort Hope, a nonprofit that focuses on child victims of human trafficking.

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