(A PDF version of Governor McCrory’s proclamation can be found by clicking on this link: Human_Trafficking_Awareness_Week_2014)
BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
WHEREAS, human trafficking is the exploitive buying and selling of human beings and their services; and
WHEREAS, human trafficking is a borderless crime against individuals that violates the most basic human rights and deprives victims of human dignity and freedom; and
WHEREAS, human trafficking is a growing global problem; and
WHEREAS, human trafficking continues to be a growing problem in North Carolina; and
WHEREAS, the most serious form of human trafficking involves the exploitation of children and youth for commercial sex acts; and
WHEREAS, it is imperative that our young people and their families learn how to recognize risks and resist predators who use coercion and threats to manipulate children and youth into labor and sex trafficking; and
WHEREAS, the average age of child recruitment into modern-day slavery within the United States is twelve; and
WHEREAS, The 2013 NC General Assembly enacted legislation that protects victims under the age of 18 from being trafficked in commercial sexual exploitation and increases penalties for convicted traffickers and buyers;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim January 26- February 1, 2014, as “HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS WEEK” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this twenty-first day of January in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.