It’s Human Trafficking Awareness month. People with disabilities face unique risks—what you need to know

Alabama map, trafficking people with disabilities
Just like the intersection of North-South and East-West railroads together with the raw materials for steel turned Birmingham into the Magic City, the intersection of all these interstates together with vulnerable young people makes the city a hub for trafficking. Map from ian.macky.net

Human trafficking is a big issue in and around Birmingham. It’s an especially big issue for people with disabilities in our area. We reached out to Fowler Davis, LLC to find out about the problem and what all of us can do to help. Here’s what we learned.

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Human trafficking in Birmingham: it’s not what you think. What it is and what we can do to stop it.

The Junior League of Birmingham's anti-trafficking committee is working on human trafficking in Birmingham.
Panelists at a January 30, 2019 public roundtable on trafficking as part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Photo from JLB

Until I started on this story, I didn’t know much about human trafficking in Birmingham. I’d heard that I-20 was a big trafficking highway. But I always associated that with kidnapping and Amber alerts. Once I started talking to people, I learned a lot of things that surprised me.

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