Missouri American Water fights human trafficking
Missouri American Water joined the Missouri business community is taking a stand against human trafficking. On Sept. 26, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, Missouri American Water President Cheryl Norton and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced the formation of a new business council to help educate companies about this problem and empower them to take action.
During the announcement, which took place at the Missouri Chamber office in Jefferson City, Hawley called human trafficking “modern day slavery.” He said that research shows that many human trafficking patrons are making illegal arrangements during work hours and using work resources.
“We hope that this effort will help equip Missourians all across our state and in every industry and walk of life to better identify and act if they witness possible human trafficking anywhere,” he said.
Norton said the education and information about human trafficking will be very helpful at her business.
“I have almost 700 employees who are out every day facing customers and seeing what goes on … and believe me they see a lot,” she said. “I want to give them the tools that they need to understand what they are seeing and be able to act on that.”
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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, center, speaks with Dan Mehan, president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber, and Missouri American Water President Cheryl Norton during a press conference Sept. 26 to announce a new effort to stop human trafficking in Missouri.
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