January has officially been named Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month by Montana Governor Greg Gianforte and state Attorney General Austin Knudsen.
KGVO reached out to Knudsen to talk about the issue of human trafficking in Montana.
“This month is Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and so we got together with the governor’s office here at DOJ, and we decided what better way to raise awareness about sex slavery and human trafficking in Montana than by doing a joint proclamation,” said Knudsen. “That’s what we did this morning, and we’re really trying to put a focus on this problem in Montana because we do have a problem, Peter.”
Knudsen said he is attempting to awaken the people of Montana to the problem.
“I think a lot of people in Montana either don’t realize or maybe don’t want to realize that we have a real growing human trafficking and sexual slavery problem in the state,” he said. “I can tell you firsthand that we do. This is something I’m taking very seriously here at the Department of Justice, and we’re very appreciative of the governor for stepping into this one and getting on board with what we’re doing over here.”
Knudsen said there are clues