The Family Health Network of Central New York is asking everyone to wear blue tomorrow, Thursday January 11th, to raise awareness on Human Trafficking in the United States.
FHN says wear blue and take a picture and tag #WearBlueDay to social media to raise awareness. The Blue Campaign is a national public awareness campaign which works on educating the public, law enforcement, and other partners in recognizing the indicators of human trafficking and how to properly respond to potential cases.
Human trafficking can involve the use of force, fraud, or coercion in an attempt to obtain some kind of labor or commercial sex act. According to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide, including the United States.
The DHS says trafficking can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers have used violence, manipulation, false promises, and romantic relationships to lure victims. The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings.
More information on tomorrow’s Blue Campaign may be found at the Department of Homeland Security website found HERE.