January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Month

By Rusty Havens, SWLA Abolitionists

Since 2010, Every January has been National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. It’s a presidentially designated observance designed to educate the public about human trafficking and the role they can play in preventing and responding to it.

This year’s theme is Activate Connections To Prevent Human Trafficking.

Did you know that trafficking situations are often identified by people who know the person being exploited? Did you know that most of trafficking is done by someone the victim knows and not some stranger in a white van or how about children, who are being trafficked, can still be going to school?

That’s why it’s important for You to know the signs of human trafficking.

SWLA Abolitionists is a local non-profit whose members have been helping end trafficking for more than a decade. We’ve helped survivors and families of survivors in DeQuincy, DeRidder, Lake Charles and the surrounding areas.

Human Trafficking happens here, but we are ending it and could end it faster with your help. We have given trainings to D.A.R.E. officers, school staff, social workers, churches and so many more. We are here and ready to share with you about our work and how you can help push back the darkness. We would love to collaborate with you in any way possible to help protect our communities. Invite us to speak or set up an awareness table by calling 337-476-9868 or emailing us at swlaa@swlaAbolitionists.com.