TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW/AP) -- Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation declaringe January `'Human Trafficking Awareness Month'' in Kansas.
Brownback will signed the proclamation Thursday morning at the Statehouse. Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Labor Secretary Lana Gordon and Department for Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore were all scheduled to attend.
Kansas legislators approved new laws and sentences last year aimed at people convicted of human trafficking, especially those acts that target women and children. The new laws also established a fund to provide mental health counseling and other services to victims of human trafficking.
The attorney general's office is the lead agency in combating human trafficking in Kansas.