As of 2010, the United States officially declared January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. While the American population is generally educated on human trafficking as something that happens in other countries, most of the American public has no idea that human trafficking is occurring right under their noses.
The government put Human Trafficking Awareness Month into place to move people to action in stopping this horrible atrocity in our own backyard. By providing Americans with education on local human trafficking, this awareness campaign has helped countless slaves in the American sex industry to freedom.
How to Observe
Observation of Human Trafficking Awareness Month can be achieved in many ways. Researching and educating yourself on ways to spot sex trafficking is an excellent place to start. Not only will you learn the signs of grooming and identifying trafficking rings, but you will also be equipped to report suspicious activity to your local authorities. This education is paramount for saving countless lives.
Another way to observe Human Trafficking Awareness Month is through volunteering and partnering with organizations devoted to helping people trapped in this horrible industry. Volunteering time or monetary resources are incredible assets to those organizations working tirelessly to set innocent people free. Organizations like Project 31:8 or The Savannah Interagency Diversity Council are devoted to promoting education and providing resources to those looking to make a difference.
The Savannah Traffick Jam 2019
The Savannah’s Traffick Jam is an event specifically designed to give the public a broad education on sex trafficking. The 2019 program invites the services of several national speakers and local panels to offer a concise understanding of the National Human Trafficking organizations and what they are pursuing for the next year. Some of the highlighted events include:
• The Impact of Opioids on Human Trafficking — Spoken by the Office of Victims of Crime
• Moving Against Human Trafficking — Spoken by The Transportation Industry including TSA, Amtrak, Truckers Against Trafficking, GA State Patrol, and Air ambassadors
• End Child Prostitution and Trafficking — Spoken by ECPAT, USA Executive Director Carol Smolenski
• The Hospitality Industry Fighting Human Trafficking — Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) President Chip Rogers
These different lectures have been carefully selected to ensure that all the information is relevant.
The focus of these panels and lectures is to light a fire in the patrons and equip them with the information necessary to go out and do their part to stop human trafficking.
Registration for this event is entirely free. This way, anyone who is interested in getting involved or just being more informed can do so.
The event takes place at Savannah State University on January 26th, 2019.
Education on human trafficking is imperative for bringing it to an end. Action begins with someone who chooses to look outside of themselves and help others. Free events like those hosted by Savannah State are the beginning of bringing human trafficking to an end. If you or someone you know has been a victim of human trafficking, contact the Eichholz Law Firm. We can guide you through the steps necessary to see justice served.