Buses get the word out!
You can't fight a problem if you don't know it exists. And there are many people that don't believe trafficking happens here.
In October, we heard from our city and county law enforcement that yes, trafficking definitely happens in Whatcom County. It happens in Lynden, in Sumas, in Ferndale, in Bellingham, on the Lummi Reservation -- you get the picture. It happens everywhere.
To increase awareness of this issue, Hope4Justice is sponsoring an awareness campaign on Whatcom Transit buses from November 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019. Watch for our banner on the back of select buses that traverse the county and have a conversation about trafficking with the person beside you when you see it!
Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit www.hope4justice.org/learnmore/
WARNING SIGNS THAT AN INDIVIDUAL IS BEING TRAFFICKED: (downloadable pdf from Shared Hope)
Signs of physical abuse such as burn marks, bruises or cuts
Unexplained absences from school, truancy
Less appropriately dressed than before
Overly tired or falls asleep in class
Withdrawn, depressed, or distracted
Brags about making or having lots of money
Displays expensive clothes, accessories, or shoes
New tattoo (tattoos are often used by pimps as a way to brand victims.)
Older boyfriend, new friends with a different lifestyle, or gang involvement
Disjointed family connections, running away, living with friends, or experiencing homelessness