Numbers and statistics only tell part of the story of the impact of Human Trafficking. During January, Family Sunshine Center is recognizing Human Trafficking Awareness Month (HTAM) by telling the stories behind the statistics and data; focusing on how human trafficking is more than just a number.
FSC’s outreach team has created the “HT>#: Human Trafficking is more than just a number” campaign to tell the stories behind the statistics. “Human trafficking numbers can be impersonal and hide the story of the victim’s experiences” said Catherine Watts, FSC’s Deputy Director. “Every single number represents a human being – a man, woman, or child who is being exploited for labor or sex through coercion, violence, and fear.”
“HT>#” will be used throughout all FSC’s social media posts, Facebook Live events, and more throughout January. Each piece will focus on the stories behind the numbers, sharing important, educational information about human trafficking.
Human trafficking is one of the hardest crimes to prove and has remained hidden in plain sight for too long. “It is easy to view human trafficking as a global problem while ignoring its existence in our own back yard. Human Trafficking is an Alabama problem; is happening right now in our rural communities, cities, suburbs and the victim, or even the trafficker, can be our own next-door neighbor,” said Watts.
Since 2010, January has been recognized as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a time when advocates, organizations and individuals unite to help raise awareness about the significant issue of human trafficking and express support for its victims and survivors.