AG Josh Hawley Announces Statewide Business Council Against Human Trafficking

Rallying businesses and communities around the Missouri human trafficking crackdown

Sep 26, 2017, 11:00 AM
Sep 26, 2017, 10:21 AM

Jefferson City, Mo. - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the formation of a new coalition of Missouri businesses committed to fighting human trafficking in the State. The announcement, which took place at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce in Jefferson City, is the latest initiative in Attorney General Hawley’s crackdown on human trafficking in Missouri. As part of that effort, Hawley has issued new regulations targeting traffickers, formed a statewide anti-trafficking task force, and spearheaded the largest anti-trafficking raid in Missouri history.

The new Business Council will focus on increasing the availability of training about human trafficking, especially for workers in industries most likely to encounter trafficking situations.

The Council’s initial membership includes business and community leaders who have committed to taking immediate action against human trafficking in Missouri.  While the Business Council comprises many of Missouri’s largest companies and organizations—including the Missouri Hotel and Lodging Association and the Truman Medical Center—membership is open to all Missouri businesses, whether big or small.

“Missouri’s businesses are leaders in communities across our State, and our new Business Council allows them to lead on one of the most important issues we face today,” Hawley said. “I look forward to partnering with Missouri’s business leaders to end the scourge of modern-day slavery.”

“The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been supporting Missouri businesses for almost 100 years and working together we have overcome many challenges.” Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Daniel Mehan said. “That is why it makes sense that we come together now to help stop human trafficking in our state and nation. We are grateful that the Attorney General has asked Missouri businesses to play an integral role. We look forward to fighting this together.”

“Our employees directly interact with Missourians on a daily basis,” said President of Missouri American Water Cheryl Norton. “We hope that by participating in the Business Council Against Human Trafficking, our employees will learn how to recognize signs of trafficking and how to respond. We are pleased to participate in the Council and join this fight to keep all Missourians safe.”

If your business would like join the Human Trafficking Business Council and help put an end to human trafficking in Missouri, please contact Emily Russell (