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The coalition began in April of 2008, as a means to sustain anti-trafficking efforts following the Stop Traffic conference held at the University of Missouri in March. CMSHTC became a multi-sector coalition made up of members of the community and representatives from different organizations: local and federal law enforcement, social-service providers, faith based organizations, students, educators, health care providers and others.
"The mission of the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition (CMSHTC) is to end and prevent forced labor and sexual exploitation of innocent children, women and men. Through advocacy, active engagement in community collaboration and education, the coalition seeks to identify victims, expose traffickers and users, promote slave free practices and support survivors of human trafficking on their journey toward wholeness. The coalition envisions communities free of modern day slavery."