Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), a member of the Congressional Caucus on Human Trafficking, today released the following statement acknowledging 2013 National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
"National Human Trafficking Awareness Daybrings our community, anti-trafficking advocates, and policy-makers together to acknowledge the countless victims of human trafficking. It is also a time for all of us to renew our commitment to end a criminal justice struggle that continues to dehumanize nearly 27 million people around the world.
"I encourage everyone in our communities to take a moment today and every day, to raise awareness of human trafficking, including the forced labor and sex trafficking of women, men, and children. It starts with personal reflection, the clothes we wear, the items we use, the food we eat -- all which could have been produced by the helpless victims. We can also begin with neighborhood efforts -- working together to identify, report and assist those victims in our own community.
"If you would like to connect with anti-trafficking services in your community or to request training, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force is a great place to start. If you see a suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center toll-free Hotline at 1-888-3737-888. Together we can end modern day slavery."