Michigan State Police video tells service providers they have a unique chance to identify trafficking

People working in the service industries are able to see the inside of many homes and could be key to identifying trafficking situations.  From gas company employees to plumbers and electricians to cable providers and more, there are many people with opportunities to save trafficked victims if they are alert and know what to look for.
The Michigan State police video says, "Workers who are in people's homes on a day-to-day basis are a critical part of identifying potential cases of human trafficking and combating this horrific crime."
Service providers that notice bars, locks, or other barriers meant to keep people in rather than out or who catch a glimpse of a child snatched back from a window are encouraged to report their suspicions to a trafficking hotline.
Great idea!  And as community members, all of us can do this.  It can be as simple as paying attention, noticing when something doesn't seem right, then making a call.  
The trafficking hotline number is 1-888-373-7888.
Sue Ann

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Poverty, Rahab's House, room #9, rescuing, virgin sales, convincing the rescued their value isn't based on selling themselves and more... Day 7 of Dana P's blog tells of visiting Svey Pak, Cambodia, a village known for child sex trafficking.  Click HERE to learn more.


UPCOMING
2-20-18: Hope4Justice Public Meeting: See details in column at right.

3-10-18: Engedi Refuge 2018 Annual Gala:"Restoring Hope"  

When:  Saturday, March 10, 2018        
Where: Four Points by Sheraton,714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham, WA.  Registration opens at 5:30; Dinner begins at 6:30
Cost: Single ticket: $55; Sponsorship for table of 10: $600
Click HERE  to purchase tickets

4-11-18: Skagit Coalition Against Trafficking (SKCAT) Conference
When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Where: Swinomish Casino, Anacortes
Details to come!

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JUST DO IT!
End Slavery Now says, "This year, make it a point to plan an entire year of anti-slavery activism. Whether your activism is in the form of spreading education/awareness, joining/volunteering at an anti-slavery organization, or attending abolitionist events, plan to do at least one form of anti-slavery activism for every month of the year."


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The next Hope4Justice quarterly public meeting will be on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 7-9:00 pm.   It will be a film night featuring, "The Abolitionists." (Note extended time due to length of movie.) 
Location: Engedi Refuge Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264. .  Put it on your calendar now!
Directions to Engedi Counseling Center: From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the second building on the left