Arizona State Capitol dome will shine blue for anti-human trafficking

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PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has declared January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month and said the State Capitol’s dome will be lit blue to promote awareness.

Ducey’s proclamation said the state was committed to protecting victims’ right and ensuring zero tolerance of any form of human trafficking, describing it as a form of modern-day slavery.

Across the country, the month has been dedicated to anti-trafficking efforts, that include raising perception and recognition of the illegal multibillion dollar trade.

Detective Scott Carpenter with the Scottsdale Police Department told the Scottsdale Independent in December that, “Commercial sex trafficking occurs in Scottsdale daily but is not readily visible to the average citizen.”

He also said between 2012 and 2016, the number of reported cases in Arizona had increased 146 percent.

The majority of human trafficking victims, numbering over 20 million, are women, children and poor. They are forced into labor or commercial sexual exploitation.

The Arizona Human Trafficking Council serves as a state and national leader in responding to human trafficking and facilitating systemic change.

Ducey has worked closely with the council, co-chaired by Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

The council has partnered with the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family on a campaign for social media and through several state and community groups.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.