March 19, 2018

Human Trafficking Awareness Month: Stopping it starts with spotting it

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Franciscans Sisters of Perpetual Adoration co-sponsor video series on human trafficking

Kristin Forsberg right talks to another attendee during the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles' partnership with the Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign to raise awareness for human

The fundraiser is continuing all month long, as part of January being "National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month".

Some would say that Human Trafficking is only sex trafficking but the truth is, according to the National Health and Human Services Hotline, that of the 20 million victims globally 60% are forced labor, 10% state-imposed forced labor and 22% are sexually exploited.

The Hogan administration explained that human trafficking crimes are "cases in which the perpetrator trafficks a child or trafficks a victim with the intent to forcibly compel the victim to perform a sexual act".

Educating others is their main goal this year. Several Oakland County judges and representatives from the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and numerous local law enforcement departments and social service agencies will be in attendance to show their support of the ongoing and collaborative effort to fight human trafficking in Oakland County.

He said that "Human traffickers prey on their victims by promising a life of hope and greater opportunity while delivering only enslavement. This doesn't make who we are", she said.

Increasing awareness is the main reason Evans founded The Red Cord Organization a year ago.

Gov. Brian Sandoval announces the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles' partnership with the Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign to raise awareness for human trafficking at the Nevada D

Rick Todd, who's the CEO of the South Carolina Trucking Association, says they've joined the South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force. We do have a drug and opioid issue, and we are surrounded borders and we also have a lot of refugees here.

As has become tradition, state Rep. Teresa Fedor (D., Toledo), the force behind the event, led a brief candle-lighting ceremony in memory of Ohio's trafficking victims.

Runaways or homeless teenagers between the ages of 12 and 16 are the most at-risk. She said lawmakers and other elected officials, regardless of party affiliation, have stood together to say the crime of trafficking must end.

"If you see a young girl or young boy that just doesn't look right in an area where they really shouldn't be and it's kind of weird that they're there, chances are they're being prostituted and being trafficked", explained Mckown. Rush has a message to the women caught up in human trafficking.

"The eyes can not see what the mind does not know so we might be looking at it and we don't even realize it and so just to hear and to be able to get the training. They like to be called managers", said Rene Davis the Community Outreach Educator at the Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence.

Along with hotel employees, she's already provided training for several of them locally.

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