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In my years of traveling the globe and living in strange places, there's one thing that has always baffled me while living in Alabama - the amount of runaway kids and prostitution in this state. Maybe in other states and markets the media hasn't uncovered the problem. But the amount I've seen and heard in Alabama is apparent.

But from talking to someone who knows a lot about the problem tells me, teenage dropout rate in Alabama is among the highest in the nation. By not graduating high school, you're likeness of going homeless goes up by A LOT.

It all starts with education for kids, if they stay in school and study - they stay at home and don't go wondering for something.

Why is prostitution huge here in Alabama?

The simple answer is this: Atlanta being the hub for prostitution and the six interstate highways crosschanges —I-20, I-75, I-85, I-285, I-575, and I-675. It's easier for sex traffickers to get away with moving people in a city that has access to other states highways system. Unfortunately, Alabama is in the 'Sex Traffickers Highway System'

If you or someone knows of sec trafficking, please use this info:

Call the following federal government lines for other assistance:

  • U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division at 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243) for cases where labor exploitation may be present but does not rise to the threshold of trafficking.
  • U.S. Department of Labor OIG Hotline at 1-202-693-6999 or 1-800-347-3756, hotline@oig.dol.gov, or http://www.oig.dol.gov/hotlinemain.htm 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to report allegations of trafficking committed through fraud in DOL programs, including, but not limited to, the H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, and PERM. When filing an OIG Hotline complaint, it is not necessary to provide names or any other identifying information.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at 1-800-669-4000 from 7:00am to 8:00pm (EST) for information about how workers, including trafficking victims, can file a charge of employment discrimination.

Report suspected child prostitution activity to the CyberTipline:

  • The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, at 1-800-THE-LOST or www.cybertipline.com, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Congressionally-authorized CyberTipline is operated by a nongovernmental organization and provides a means for reporting crimes against children and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.