Several groups are collaborating to raise awareness about an issue some rural Marylanders might think is not a local problem. Human trafficking’s statistics globally are significant, however, and various research groups estimate there are 40 million people enslaved throughout the world.

“Despite what we don’t want to admit, human trafficking is a problem in the U.S.,” interim Calvert County State’s Attorney Robert Harvey (R) said, adding that Maryland had 187 cases reported in 2020.

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month in the U.S. Locally, the Calvert County Commission for Women and Unstoppable You Ministries of Lusby are partnering with the state’s attorney’s office, the Calvert sheriff’s office and county parks and recreation with participation in a unique art project.

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