January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and the Duluth Police Department recently shared a post on Facebook highlighting the problem and how it affects us locally. In the post, they bring up the fact that our Native American population is 10 times more likely to experience this crime.

It's also important to realize that this could happen to anyone, and often times myths about human trafficking can prevent the public from properly addressing the problem.

In fact, one of the more common myths is that victims are always forcibly taken by a stranger. In many cases it's someone the victim knows that manipulates them by some means to get them under their control. It's not always girls and women, either. Boys and men can fall victim to this as well, especially LGBTQ boys and young men.

You can read more about the other myths and how to take action by visiting the Polaris Non Profit website. The hotline to call if you need help concerning you or someone you know involved in Human Trafficking is 1 (888) 373-7888.