Trafficking has literally been in the news quite a bit lately. On October 26th, KING 5 News aired "Unshackled - A Prostitute's Journey to Freedom". The KING 5 website says, "This story is affiliated with Selling Girls, a nine-month nationwide investigation into sex trafficking. TEGNA, our parent company, launched the project at each of our 46 stations across the country to help hundreds of thousands of American kids who are lured into a life they didn't choose."
In the weeks since there have been additional segments in the series. Each shines the light on a different aspect of sex trafficking. The segments include:
- Selling girls - Sex traffickers are targeting American children
- A conversation on sex trafficking
- Seattle nonprofit takes on sex buyers with technology
- Q & A: A WSP sergeant's take on juvenile sex trafficking
- Hotel staff on the front lines of sex trafficking fight
KING 5 has also featured, "Washington's Child Sex Trafficking Victims Sometimes Punished As Criminals," and "A Pimp's Playbook: How A Former Pimp Talked His Way Into Women's Lives."
Awareness is the first step in fighting trafficking. The TEGNA Company to which KING 5 belongs, is doing an excellent job of investigating the issue, reporting the facts and making it's viewers aware of the realities of sex trafficking.
Use this accumulation of information! When someone you know asks, "Trafficking doesn't happen here... does it?" refer them to one or more of these links. And click here to let KING 5 know that their investigative reporting is appreciated.
Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit www.hope4justice.org/learnmore/
ON THE CALENDAR
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 7-8:30 pm: Hope4Justice meeting to discuss the STEP scholarship and anti-trafficking curriculums & plans for presentation. Open to the public. Location: Engedi Learning Center Conference Room, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA.
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 5:30 - 9:00 PM:
Comfort & Joy Celebration to benefit Rebound of Whatcom County.
Location: Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Rd., Ferndale, WA
Appetizers, beverages, and dessert will be served.
Semi-formal attire suggested.
Cost: $50 per person. Purchase tickets online at www.reboundfamilies.org by Nov. 25th.
Note: Watch for additional events that may be added
Get involved in Dressember!
What is Dressember? It's a international movement to fight trafficking, Participants commit to wear a dress or tie every day during the month of December and securing sponsors to support their involvement.
Hope4justice holds quarterly public meetings plus event involvement. We encourage you to get involved in the events listed in the calendar section.
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.