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January Is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month



Perhaps you've seen the headlines. Or, noticed a post on social media that refers to "human trafficking." You've heard of it, but do you fully understand what it is? Let us help demystify the topic.


Human trafficking is a crime against humanity that involves the exploitation of individuals through force, fraud, or coercion for various purposes, including forced labor, sexual exploitation, and involuntary servitude.


Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that exploits vulnerable individuals, stripping them of their basic human rights. Victims can be men, women, or children, subjected to physical and emotional abuse, They are often trapped in situations where escape seems impossible.


Contrary to popular belief, human trafficking is not confined to a particular region or demographic. It is a pervasive issue that spans across borders, affecting people from all walks of life. The International Labor Organization estimates that over 40 million people are victims of human trafficking worldwide. This staggering number emphasizes the urgency of addressing the root causes and implementing strategies to eradicate this modern scourge.


Many Denver residents do not realize how serious the problem is right here at home. Major interstates like I-25 and I-70, as well as an international airport, make Colorado a prime route for sex trafficking. As do the massive convention facilities downtown, where thousands of travelers converge for conferences.


Raising Awareness: Awareness is a powerful tool in the fight against human trafficking. By understanding the signs and contributing factors, individuals can become advocates for change. Through education, communities can create a supportive environment for survivors and work towards preventing further exploitation. Initiatives such as education programs, community outreach, and partnerships with law enforcement agencies play a crucial role in raising awareness and dismantling the networks that perpetuate human trafficking.


How You Can Make a Difference:


  1. Stay Informed: Educate yourself about human trafficking, its signs, and the vulnerable populations at risk.

  2. Support Organizations: Contribute to or volunteer with organizations dedicated to combating human trafficking and supporting survivors.

  3. Raise Awareness: Utilize your voice on social media, in your community, and among friends and family to raise awareness and promote dialogue.

  4. REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: If you suspect human trafficking, report it to local authorities or the national hotline 888-373-7888.

Human trafficking is a grave violation of human rights that requires a collective effort to eradicate. Learn more at https://polarisproject.org .

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