Although January 11 marks Human Trafficking Awareness Day and the whole month is dedicated to the topic, this inhumane issue is one that occurs every day, and it’s not exclusive to one type of society or class of people.
While reading reporter Alex Hinojosa’s story on page 5, you’ll quickly learn that perpetrators don’t discriminate. Many picture smuggling when it comes to human trafficking, but much of it is gang related – and yes, it definitely happens in our city.
After a friend told me she heard labor trafficking was going on at a certain business, I thought, ‘What should I do?’ If it’s just hearsay, I could hurt the business by repeating the rumor, but it doesn’t feel right to simply shrug off such a serious accusation either. I later attended Revolution Church’s presentation on human trafficking, and someone from the Center of Hope said I could simply call the National Human Trafficking Hotline. The call could prompt a discreet investigation without hurting the business.
And that’s what we could all do in similar situations, whether you suspect someone is a victim or perpetrator. Because what good does it do to wonder? Wouldn’t you rather learn that you’re wrong? The number is here if you ever need it: 1-888-373-7888.