human trafficking

Undercover human trafficking operation results in arrests of 6 men

The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Special Victims Unit conducted a joint undercover human trafficking operation on Friday, November 13, in Oxford resulting in the arrests of 6 individuals who were charged with procuring prostitution.…

Advocates for Freedom hosts volunteer training

On Saturday, a local organization helped train and teach volunteers about the dangers of human trafficking. Susie Harvill, founder and CEO of Advocates for Freedom, taught the three hour seminar covering all the information and skills a volunteer of the…

‘Rise up for Children’ awareness march

Today is ‘World Day against Human Trafficking’ and community members gathered in Ocean Springs to raise awareness on how it can impact children. People of all ages broke out their signs and put on their blue wigs to raise awareness…

‘Rise up for Children’ event

Today is ‘World Day against Human Trafficking’ and community members are gathered in Ocean Springs to raise awareness on how it can impact children. News 25’s Grant Chighizola is at Front Beach in Ocean Springs with more.

Putting an end to human trafficking

According to the United Nations about 50,000 people are trafficked in the U.S. each year. To help combat this growing issue the organization Jubilee Havens partnered with Southern Ground Coffeehouse in Gulfport to help raise awareness this month. Tonight, the…

Scarlet Pearl to help victims of human trafficking

According to the Mississippi Department of Health, human trafficking affects 12 to 27 million men, women, and children worldwide. The Scarlet Pearl Casino and Resort wants to help those on the Gulf Coast who have been affected. On Thursday, August…

Mississippi House passes human trafficking bill

In a bipartisan move, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed House Bill 571 which strengthens the state’s human trafficking laws. The bill passed by a vote of 115-1. Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries with 100,000…

‘Better Together 2019’ Crime Symposium

The Advocates for Freedom organization hosted the ‘Better Together 2019’ Crime Symposium in Gulfport to raise awareness on issues like gang violence and sex trafficking. The symposium brings different organizations on the Coast together to sharpen their skills and learn…

The National Human Trafficking Hotline Award

This morning, officials from Mississippi’s Center for Violence Prevention stopped by Gulfport City Hall to award the Mississippi Federation of Republican Women for their efforts to raise human trafficking awareness in the state. The Mississippi Federation of Republican Women chose…

Man arrested for human trafficking

A Gulfport man has been arrested for human trafficking. According to Sheriff Troy Peterson, 30-year-old Maxwell Phillips is being held on a felony charge of human trafficking after law enforcement conducted a search warrant in the Town Suites room 313…

The fight against human trafficking

Modern day slavery. It’s hard to believe it exists, but it does. Sex trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world and it happens right here in South Mississippi. News 25’s Toni Miles takes us to a meeting by…

Second Annual Princess Tea Jubilee

News 25's Kristen Durand interviews Sharon Robbins about the Princess Tea Jubilee on April 14th From 2 pm to 4pm at St. Martin Community Center on 15008 Lemoyne Blvd. $10 per child, $35 per adult, $350 for a table. Benefiting…

National Human Trafficking Awareness

You might have noticed more people wearing blue that’s because January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Human trafficking affects 12 to 27 million men, women, and children worldwide according to the Mississippi State Department. Canopy, an organization on…