Md. must act to end trafficking of our children

From left, Donald M. Williams, 41, of Baltimore; Tiffany N. Lowery, 30, of Baltimore; and Rashon T. Pratt, 27, of Camden, N.J., were arrested by Howard County Police over the weekend for multiple counts of human trafficking and prostitution. (Howard County Police Department)

From left, Donald M. Williams, 41, of Baltimore; Tiffany N. Lowery, 30, of Baltimore; and Rashon T. Pratt, 27, of Camden, N.J., were arrested by Howard County Police over the weekend for multiple counts of human trafficking and prostitution. (Howard County Police Department)

BY Alicia McDowell

January 18, 2016, 6:00AM

In 2014, members of the Victim Services Subcommittee of the state's Human Trafficking Task Force identified and provided services to 396 victims of human trafficking here in Maryland. Of those, 381 were victims of sex trafficking, with 373 being U.S. citizens. Of those whose ages were reported, more than half were children.

Through increased awareness and training, we are able to identify and serve more human trafficking survivors each year, but more needs to be done.