Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2019

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LOCAL ORGANIZATION AND OSHKOSH POLICE “MAKE NOISE” ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

On Friday, January 11, volunteers from Damascus Road, in partnership with the Oshkosh Police Department, will be gathering at Opera House Square from 11am-1pm in honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Supporters will be holding signs encouraging motorists to honk their horns in order to make some noise about the issue.

Friday marks National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, which was set by the 110th Congress and passed by the Senate on June 22, 2007. 2019 marks the 9th year Damascus Road will be hosting the rally.

Damascus Road is a local organization dedicated to raising awareness and assisting victims of human trafficking in the Fox Valley and throughout Wisconsin by presenting prevention education in local schools and community groups, partnering with OPD to uncover victims, and providing aftercare resources. In 2018, ninety-nine victims in the area received direct assistance.

According to the International Labor Organization, human trafficking generates $150.2 Billion dollars in illegal profits each year making it the second largest criminal industry in the world. It is known as modern day slavery and involves the exploitation of a person through force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of commercial sex or forced labor. Victims are not limited to a certain demographic, but rather targeted due to vulnerability. They are often manipulated through promises of love, food, shelter, fear, fame, a sense of belonging or employment, and then coerced or forced into manual labor, prostitution, or sexual exploitation. Children are especially vulnerable and are targeted via social media, mobile devices, and applications which provide venues to host anonymous conversations.

To learn more, visit damascusroadproject.org.

 

Photo by Terra Koslowski

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Justin R. Mitchell

Justin is the founding editor of the Oshkosh Independent.

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